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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Global Warming?

Stronger hurricanes, warmer ocean temperatures on the west coast, snow in Somalia.

Strangely enough, the weather seems to be getting less strange here in Michigan. The typical joke about Michigan weather is that if you don't like it, wait 15 minutes and it will change. Not so lately. The winter was long and pretty consistently cold--lots of teens and twenties, several single digit days. Very few of the brutally cold sub-zero days, and none of the really nice days we used to have once in a while in January or February--65 and sunny. And the summer has been pretty consistently hot and humid since June--lots of days in the high 80's and low 90's, but none of the brutally hot 100+ degree days. Occasional thunderstorms, a few rather spectacular in terms of how fast the rain came down, but not all that unusual. The general consistency is what seems strange this year. (I'm doing all this from memory--I haven't seen any reports on how this year's weather compares historically.)