Saturday, January 10, 2009

Alaska experiencing cold spell

Uh oh.  This just in from the Klondike:
Extreme temperatures ... call for extreme measures
in a [Alaskan] statewide cold snap so frigid that temperatures have grounded
planes, disabled cars, frozen water pipes and even canceled several
championship cross country ski races.

..."I've never seen it this cold for this long," [Ted Johnson] said. "I remember it 70 below one time, but not for a week and a half."

Alaskans are accustomed to subzero temperatures but the prolonged
conditions have folks wondering what's going on with winter less than a
month old.
Yeah, yeah, I know: this is just one instance among many.  Yes.  And so are all those little reports we're constantly hearing about how hot it is somewhere.  But somehow, what with all that grant money now out there driving the debate in one direction, we're doubtful that even if this turns out to be a very cold winter it is going to make any difference among the global warming alarmists.


Anonymous said...

Meanwhile ...

"The heatwave continues in Perth by Darren Bett

A heatwave continues to grip Western Australia with temperatures remaining above the seasonal average. For the past week temperatures have stayed higher than normal in Perth, the peak of the hot spell was recorded on Tuesday 30th December 2008 with a maximum of 39C, 11 degrees above normal."

Martin Cothran said...

Ooh. Dueling thermometer readings. This is fun.

One Brow said...

Meanwhile, in Metro-East St. Louis we have not yet had snow stronger than flurries (just a tyupical December ice storm), while back when I was a teen in St. Louis the snow rarely melted in January.

Just another anecdote, of course.