More news of catastrophic warming. This from The New Orleans Times-Picayune:
White-knuckled drivers drove down Jefferson Davis Parkway Thursday morning, past the shivering schoolgirls in skirts, past coffeeshops brimming with weather chit-chat, alongside a neutral ground frozen in time.
For one morning, New Orleans looked like someplace else.
A young couple at a loss for words rolled watermelon-sized balls of snow on the neutral ground grass near the corner of Banks Street. Reyan Clark, 21, said she and her boyfriend, Kenan Springs, 31, didn’t need to discuss their plans this morning. Making a snowman seemed like the right thing to do.
“I’m making a memory,” Clark said.
She’s a native of the city, a stranger to snow. He is transplant who has shoveled and scraped his way through three decades of Chicago winters.
“This is a blessing for the city,” he said.
In a matter of 20 minutes, their three-tiered snowman reached the Saints logo on Clark’s sweatshirt. The couple found some sticks on the ground. Presto: arms. She shored up the foundation while he searched for more accessories. A handful of relatives showed up to snap photos and take part in the fun.
For the complete Picayune story, click here.
According to the National Weather Service, the snow in Louisiana and southeast Texas, where an inch and a half of the white stuff fell, too, was the most ever during the month of December. Parts of Louisiana saw 5.5 inches of snow.
To one obsessed with the layered readings available the snow makes perfect sense, i.e. upper-atmosphere cooling appears to be ahead of lower-atmosphere cooling (and has been just about all year). Take the funnel of an upper-level low to draw down the cold and you get weather events like the one detailed above.
If anyone hasn’t already done so, I recommend clicking through all layers of the AMSU site, then ticking all the boxes to show all the previous years for which records can be shown, and then click “redraw graph.” In many cases, throughout the year, the 2008 value is the lowest.
Winter 2008-2009 has, let’s bear in mind, not yet begun.