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On December 18th, 1 week before Christmas, it reached 74° F here. On January 6: 73°. Yesterday: 67, Today: 68. (Temperature history.) I know we've set at least one record high so far in this stretch, possibly more.
Starting tomorrow January weather is supposed to finally arrive for real, with highs in the 40s and 30s again.
I'm not sure what to call the last 30 days - June-uary, maybe. (Already 545 occurrences of that neologism out there...)
A while back Stephen Colbert did a fine interview with a global-climate-change expert, playing (of course) the skeptical red host. His argument against global warming's existence: "it gets cold in the winter!" pretty much sums up a lot of the 'denier' position. (Aside: The 4 stages of global warming denial)
Well, we seem to be working on the "it gets cold in winter!" part.
(Cue: "But it's cold in California!") Yes, yes, that's a good example of why 'global climate change' is the better label. While overall the whole globe is getting slowly warmer, how it manifests itself in any particular place and time is quite unpredictable - could be wider temperature swings, could mean more violent storms, could be insufficiently different from normal to notice.
But the underlying pattern is still observable in the data, which is what ought to count.Weather 0 comment(s) Add a comment...
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