The coldest place in the United States the morning after I started the new blog was Ambler, Alaska, where the temperature was -36 Fahrenheit. This evening, at 5:49 p.m. local time, the temperature was a balmy -24. According to Weather Underground, the low temperature was a record for the date. There doesn’t appear to be a National Weather Service temperature station, which isn’t shocking given that the 2000 census indicated a population of 309.
I took the temperature reading in Ambler as a good omen, prizing winter, and cold, as I do. There are many reasons that pushed me to explore climate change research independently, but one of them certainly was the fact that if winter, and all it represented, was going to be taken from me by modernity then I wanted to be sure that there wasn’t any mistake in the calculations.
In Austin tonight, at 9:03 p.m., the temperature is 45 degrees Fahrenheit. With our dew point at 22 degrees, I would normally expect a hard freeze here for tomorrow morning, but there is a cloud layer at a couple of thousand feet. It should keep us “warm” through the night. We shall see.