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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Strange Days

Apropos of nothing, I've got to say that this weather is freaking me out. I know, I know, the weather is supposed to be nothing but another partisan political debate (Dems: The sky is falling! The sky is falling!; Repubs: Don't know what you're talking about; our heads are securely encased in sand) and I know, it was virtually yesterday that I was complaining bitterly about the cold...but that's just the thing; it was virtually yesterday.

Here in Wisconsin we had a very strange winter. December and January were extremely mild, with "winter" basically packed into five weeks, the four weeks of February and the first week of March. And it was some kinda serious winter, with weeks on end of sub-zero nights and copious amounts of snow. But now we've just had two eighty-degree days in a row. (That's 26°C, for those of you with no respect for illogical traditional measurement systems.) Eighty degrees. In March. In Wisconsin. Less than three weeks ago I was happily griping about the frigid cold, and there was so much snow heaped up every which-where in my alley I almost couldn't get the car out. Holy greenhouse effect, Batman.

I don't know if you've noticed this, but it also freaks me out that they're suddenly pulling all sorts of giant squid out of the Southern Ocean, after millennia of giant squid being the most elusive of creatures. Something seems to be off, and every now and then it strikes me as ominous. I can't say I like it. The Republicans claim it's nothing but a natural cycle, and has nothing at all to do with us pumping trillions of tons of hydrocarbons into the atmosphere. It's not often that I find myself hoping the Republicans are right.

On the other hand, I can't say it isn't pleasant: the warm weather got my lazy butt out of the house with the camera for a loop around the neighborhood. That's something good, eh?


Featured Comment by Samik: Well, you're not alone wondering. We had extremely warm December and January too. And now it's +15C—all-time high.

In Finland! We're almost on other side of the globe from you.

It's freaky. But I kinda like warm weather.


Blogger Paul Leidl said...

"as we run from the day
to a strange night of stone"
- The Doors

That in deference to the header on your disturbing post.

I don't think Jim Morrison was singing about climate change but the song has prescience.

Here on the "wet" coast we have had to endure way more than the usual copious amounts of rain. Twenty one days of the stuff in March alone. In addition we have witnessed mudslides,hurricane force winds and- astonishingly- snow!

It does not bode well..

12:18 PM  
Blogger John said...

I'm with you Mike...not with you in Wisconsin but with you in the sense that I feel uneasy when winter begins to dissipate as quickly as it has in the last several years. Might be in part because out here the west it usually means that temperatures will be high and water in short supply during the summer.

4:46 PM  
Blogger StephaneB said...

Relax. Learn a bit of History, use your brain to compare and associate facts and see what adds up. You might worry a lot less.

5:29 PM  
Blogger stevierose said...

Ditto here in Michigan, Mike (not surprising as we are across Lake Michigan from each other). And it is most definitely giving me the willies. We did not get ANY recordable snowfall here in Ann Arbor for the month of January. Not a single flake that stuck to the ground. And we have had no Spring. We went from winter to summer in a day. Whatever, the cause is (and I am in the global warming plus El Nino camp) it can't be a good thing. Not in a state that is defined by its water resources.

6:59 PM  
Blogger JeffS said...


The date on your 7D's files looks to be a month ahead. That explains the higher than normal temps.

8:57 PM  
Blogger david mantripp said...

Same here in Switzerland. Winter is sort of, but only sort of, kicking in mid-March. In mid-Jan it was 26 degC, which is, er, lots of Farenheits.

It is strange. As an ex-scientist, who worked extensively on climate change indicators in polar areas, I would agree that one warm winter does not make a trend. However, first, it isn't one warm winter, second, it is exceptionally warm, and third it seems to be very widely distributed.

Since on the internets, everybody is a world expert (on photography and art as well as climate change), and the loudest voice counts for most, and "empty barrel makes the greatest sound", as Joe Stalin used to say, then clearly glib knee-jerk comments like StephaneB's count for as much as the most diligent scientists'.

Whatever. Best thing that could happen to the planet in general is the extinction of mankind. We have a huge problem here and in the wider context it is just being reduced to another punchbag for moronic US politicians (sorry for the oxymoron).

If the Internet is indeed any indication of trends in collective human intelligence, then we're heading for the exit door at an accelerating speed.

6:18 AM  

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