Anthony Watts has a post titled “Coldest July in history for Anchorage?” This happened less than a day after I said this:
One of Anthony Watts’ favorite comments is along the lines of “coldest March in 40 years!!!” He rarely (if ever) says “coldest March ever.”
Is this my come-uppance?
We’ve recently emphasize some of the record-breaking extremes in regional temperature. This is in sharp contrast to the usual practice here, which is to emphasize the trend globally rather than fluctuations locally. But the extremes have been remarkable. Hottest 12-month period on record, not just for a single state but for the entire continental USA. Last summer, hottest month on record for any U.S. state, period. 2010, astounding heat wave in a large area centered on Moscow. I could indeed go on …
Yeah, weather (all by itself) is not climate and extremes happen in the normal course of events. But so many extremes, so severe, in rapid succession … that’s not the normal course of events.
So I finally see Anthony Watts use the phrase “coldest <insert month here> in history.” In my face!!!
But I can’t help but wonder… Why such fuss over “coldest <insert month here> in history” about a single city rather than an entire state?
And I can’t help but wonder … why such fuss over “coldest <insert month here> in history” for a month that isn’t even half over yet? That’s why Watts’ post requires a “question mark” at the end of its title.
Mainly, I can’t help but wonder, how desperate do you have to be to make a fuss over that?
If Anchorage, Alaska ends up with its “coldest July in history,” I won’t be that surprised. Extremes happen in the normal course of events. But if you compare the extreme hot stuff to the extreme cold stuff … what’s been happening lately is not the normal course of events.