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HO! HO! HO!...
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Yuletide Greetings On The Winter Solstice...
Friday, December 15, 2006
Was Our November A Canary In A Coal Mine? How Hot Might It Get In The Next Few Decades? You Tell Me...
Click on chart to enlarge - courtesy of Yahoo!/The Weather Channel
This IS a RANT!
...and not a very nice or funny one.
I knew we had an abnormally warm November here, I lived it, but the hair on the back of my neck stood up when I saw these Yahoo!/Weather Channel temperature charts!
If these numbers are accurate, and I'm assuming they are, we've just had one extremely freakish November.
In Big Bear City we surpassed our previous record high November temperature by 15° F.
And, not only that! We surpassed the previous November record of 74° on 22 of those 30 days, with seven days of 80°+ temps. And not one day of the month did we dip down to even the average low temp of 25°.
It was 89° on November 7th (88° on the 8th), fifty-five degrees above average, and just 5° shy of our all-time summer high of 94°.
All over town I hear people cheerfully saying, "Isn't this weather wonderful?", as they go to and from their X-Mas shopping destinations in their SUVs.
Yes folks, it's just lovely, and pretty soon you may not even have to battle the traffic that comes with living in a ski resort either.
Of course you won't have anywhere to work because Big Bear's economy is dependent upon the ski industry. So you'll have to sell your house and move someplace where there is work, but then your house won't sell because there'll be a glut of sellers and no buyers.
And, we may not need to worry about forest fires much longer either, because, with temps like these, the bark-beetles can just chew their way through the forest all year long. Who needs a forest anyway? Then we can just haul all that dead wood home to burn in the fireplace instead of letting the wildfires have it. But we may not need fireplaces to keep warm, we may need air-conditioning instead.
Ahhhhh.... Endless Summer!
So hop in those Escalades, Excursions, Navigators and Hummers folks! You know, the ones with the Jesus fish, the American flags, and the 'family values' oriented bumper stickers plastered all over ém.
Make all the trips you want to McDonalds, Starbucks, Carl's Jr., Taco Bell and Burger King . They all have drive-throughs and you don't even have to climb down out of the car to notice the weather.
Just sit there in your air-conditioning listening to Fox News, Rush Limbaugh or NASCAR results while you wolf down those mega-calories.
Even the Pharmacy has a drive through so you can refill your Prozac, Valium and Viagra prescriptions right from the driver's seat. And if you forget to have your hair cut, or your nails done, you can always make another trip. No worries! Because, thanks to oil subsidies, corporate welfare, and very creative economic policies, gasoline is back below $3 a gallon.
But the hidden costs are becoming more obvious aren't they?
Global Warming may be the most insidious, but what about that $350 billion of our hard earned money spent on the War in Iraq? Or the tens of thousands of human lives sacrificed, just so we can continue driving behemoth gas hogs around in circles all day.Ooops! Sorry!
Do I sound a bit testy?
Perhaps I'm sick of hearing people say Global Warming is no big deal?
Or maybe I'm a little under the weather from breathing all those exhaust fumes on my walk to the grocery store yesterday morning, especially the diesel fumes?
Oh Look! I just noticed the first syllable of diesel is 'die', as in Die-Off!
I wonder what it feels like to be broiled?
Or what it's like to watch your children or grandchildren being cooked in a solar oven.
Stick around, the fun's just beginning...
...but the party's coming to an end.
Whether we believe it or not.
Hey, it's my blog, and I can vent today if I want to!
Because our collective ignorance is infuriatingly pathetic and Peak Oil can't come soon enough for me...
...so you can consider this my exhaust, I certainly have to breathe enough of everyone else's!
Love, Peace, & Mercy Earthlings...
It’s looking to me like we're gonna need plenty of each!
The chart below shows the daily high and low temperatures for Big Bear this past November.