At my house this morning, it’s about as autumnal as it gets, to the extent that the weather has changed again. Whereas we had very cold, very dry air over us for about 48 hours, a warm front passed overhead from the south overnight. The sky outside my window is gray, and some light drizzle is coming down. The temperature is 63 degrees at 10 o’clock in the morning, a little warmer than usual for this hour of the day at this time of the year. The remaining yellow leaves on the trees are standing out against the dull gray background of the sky.
In Providence, Rhode Island, yesterday the high temperature was 30 degrees, setting a record for the day. The old record was 31 degrees, set in 1987. Dozens of temperature records for cold and snow were set in the East yesterday.
Now, I happen to have some ideas about all the record cold across the country, and if you happen to be reading this anywhere between Taos, New Mexico, and Caribou, Maine, you’re going to want to have some good thermal underwear by about two weeks from now. The winter of 2008-2009 will not be gentle. My ideas about the why of the cold are for another day. This morning, suffice it to say that global warming ended about 10 years ago. Its promulgators have been desperately holding on since that time, but the truth will be out soon enough.
Keep coming back if you want to see how and why.