A friend and I were discussing global warming. Just when it looked like global warming was going to take root in governments around the world, the momentum stopped dead in its tracks. Climategate was like a two-by-four to the knees and killed its momentum. Copenhagen pushed it further down, with a foot on its neck so to speak. And now this snow. My, there’s a lot of snow. Two blizzards in one week caused Blizzard Rearranges Climate Change Announcement. And this – Global warming congressional hearing cancelled due to blizzard. And still the snow marches on. There’s rare snow down in the deep south, and a nor’east clipper to the New England states predicted for Monday. That about covers the whole US.
As a matter of fact, right now, 49 states dusted with snow; Hawaii’s the holdout
By Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer
“— Forget red and blue — color America white. There was snow on the ground in 49 states Friday. Hawaii was the holdout. It was the United States of Snow, thanks to an unusual combination of weather patterns that dusted the U.S., including the skyscrapers of Dallas, the peach trees of Atlanta and the Florida Panhandle, where hurricanes are more common than snowflakes. More than two-thirds of the nation’s land mass had snow on the ground when the day dawned, and then it snowed ever so slightly in Florida to make it 49 states out of 50. At the same time, those weird weather forces are turning Canada’s Winter Olympics into the bring-your-own-snow games.”
“Who’s the Great White North now? “I’m calling it the upside-down winter,” said David Robinson, head of the Global Snow Lab at Rutgers University in New Jersey.”
“Snow paralyzed and fascinated the Deep South on Friday. Snowball fights broke out at Southern Mississippi University, snow delayed flights at the busy Atlanta airport, and Louisiana hardware stores ran out of snow supplies. Andalusia, Ala., shut down its streets because of snow. And yet, Portland, Maine, where snow is usually a given, had to cancel its winter festival for lack of the stuff. Weather geeks turned their eyes to Hawaii. In that tropical paradise, where a ski club strangely exists, observers were looking closely at the islands’ mountain peaks to see if they could find a trace of white to make it a rare 50-for-50 states with snow.”
“The idea of 50 states with snow is so strange that the federal office that collects weather statistics doesn’t keep track of that number and can’t say whether it has ever happened. The office can’t even say whether 49 out of 50 has ever taken place before.”
There’s more at the headline link. It’s an interesting article.
And still it comes. We have Record snow in Dallas. There’s Rare snowflakes start falling from Miss. to Fla. Rome getting heaviest snow in 25 years. Heavy snow brings travel chaos in Germany. Aw, rats, let’s just say there’s Heavy snow across the world. “From the Eastern USA, to Scotland, Scandinavia and the Alps there are some great skiing and snowboarding conditions. The only place it seems to be lacking is at one of the venues for the Olympics where a giant helicopter is flying it in.”
So, does God have a sense of humor? Oh, yeah. I think so.
(Image source, my front yard in Georgia. And it’s still coming down.)