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90 degrees in winter: This is what climate change looks like

The Locke Foundation will tell you that it’s all the fault of sun spots (or, alternatively, that it’s not happening at all), but this piece from The Nation and Common Dreams.org is pretty darned sobering and a reminder of the fact that wishing it weren’t true won’t make our enormous common problem go away.

Here’s the lead:

“90 degress in winter: This is what climate change looks like
By Bill McKibben

The National Weather Service is kind of the anti-Mike Daisey, a just-the-facts operation that grinds on hour after hour, day after day. It’s collected billions of records (I’ve seen the vast vaults where early handwritten weather reports from observers across the country are stored in endless rows of ledgers and files) on countless rainstorms, blizzards, and pleasant summer days. So the odds that you could shock the NWS are pretty slim.A view of the Runge reservoir in the town of Runge, some 37 miles north of Santiago February 3, 2012. (REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado)

Beginning in mid-March, however, its various offices began issuing bulletins that sounded slightly shaken. “There’s extremes in weather, but seeing something like this is impressive and unprecedented,” Chicago NWS meteorologist Richard Castro said. “It’s extraordinarily rare for climate locations with 100+ year long periods of records to break records day after day after day,” the office added in an official statement.

It wasn’t just Chicago, of course. A huge swath of the nation simmered under bizarre heat.”

Read the entire article by clicking here.

10 Comments

  1. mememine69

    March 21, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    1-Occupywallstreet does not and never did support climate change. (carbon trading stock markets ruled by banks and Y2Kyoto taxing the air we breathe)
    2-Obama has not mentioned any climate crisis in his last two state of the unions.
    3-Canada pulled out of Y2Kyoto last year.

  2. Frank Burns

    March 21, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    The good news is the rest of the earth is colder than normal. http://climaterealists.com/index.php?id=9316 This weather pattern in the US was seen previously in 1910. http://www.real-science.com/national-weather-service-gets-the-booby-prize-in-chicago

  3. gregflynn

    March 21, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    The Chicago “booby prize” is bogus. The NWS report was based specifically on Chicago-O’Hare which clearly did not exist in 1910, your “gotcha” year. Construction began 1942. Weather service records began at O’Hare in 1953. Aurora, to which it was compared in the article, is some 35 miles SW of O’Hare and further inland from Lake Michigan. According to NWS records there have been instruments located in downtown Chicago since around 1871. In 1923, the earliest year for a printed climatological report, the maximum March temperature previously recorded at the University Observatory was 64 degrees in 1902, and at the downtown Chicago weather station was 65 degrees in 1902. A pretty lame and inaccurate “gotcha”.

  4. gregflynn

    March 22, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Clarification
    The history of the NWS in Chicago is posted online. Observations have been taken continuously since 1871. The March maximums noted above were only for 1923, not 1902. March 1923 was slightly below average for the time. The March average prior to 1923 appears to have peaked in 1910. I have not yet found a specific record for the downtown Chicago maximum March temperature prior to either 1923 or 1953, but it will not be found in Aurora. If there are other comparative NWS records they will be found in Chicago.

  5. Frank Burns

    March 22, 2012 at 6:51 am

    So I reckon the bogus story is the one by Bill McKibbon. The March temperatures are not unprecedented.

  6. Doug

    March 22, 2012 at 7:34 am

    I would be extremely wary of anything Al Gore was advocating for ! What an idiot .

  7. gregflynn

    March 22, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Here’s TMI about Chicago weather:
    http://www.climatestations.com/chicago/

    March 1910 was warm but the warmest thru 2011 was 1945.

  8. Jack

    March 22, 2012 at 10:20 am

    “What an idiot .”

    Doug:

    Mr. Gore was elected to the U.S. Senator in 1976 and from 1993 – 2001 was Vice President. What have you accomplished since the late 1970s?

  9. Doug

    March 22, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    There have been many idiots in the Congress besides Al Gore ! Stupidity is universal Jack, just ask Tipper.

  10. david esmay

    March 23, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Doug you’re right. Nixon,Goldwater, Quayle, Gingrich, Santorum, Ryan, Cantor, Boehner, McConnell, and on and on, ad infinitum.