Sunday, January 24, 2010

«Warm January»

This January has been unseasonably warm. I'm in Ketchikan, Alaska and usually January is one of our snowy months. This year, it's been rainy and in the 40's Fahrenheit. This town is no stranger to rain in any month, but we usually get a little snow and go through a cold spell.

Our normal precipitation for January is 11.94 inches, and here it's only the 24th and we've already had 16.24 inches. There's a lot of places in the world that don't get that much in a full year.

I'm not invoking global warming1, one unusual month in one location isn't enough to determine a global trend. Last year at this time was unusually cold and we had 4 feet of snow on the ground.

1: My position on global warming is that we are currently in a natural warming trend, not a man-made one. The Earth has been warmer in the past than it is currently, and has recovered from it before.


  1. Likewise, and I live in Canada. We had a lot of snow last year. This year, in the particlar part of Canada that i'm in, we received no snow.

    Kinda odd.

  2. even if the warming is natural, that dosen't mean that pouring megatons of CO2 into the atmosphere is acceptable.

  3. @ anonymous
    Yes it is acceptable. What're you gonna do about it?

    Anyway, wait, isn't it always snowing in Alaska? For that matter, where do you plug your computer into in your igloo?

  4. @ Vid: Har har. Only dolphins live in igloos (South Park reference).


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