Friday, December 19, 2008

The Global Warming Reality

Winter storm conditions swept across the nation this week as frigid temperatures, sleet, and snow wreaked havoc on residents from New Jersey to Nevada. The arctic air that blustered across the Midwest and West on Monday, dropping temperatures 30 degrees in an hour in some places, came to the East and South. Snow and sleet warnings were in effect for much of the day for parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Colorado, Utah, Nebraska, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and the Washington, D.C., area.

Forecasters in northern Illinois got 6 inches of snow and temperatures at the bitterly low depths seen Monday, when stiff, steady winds held wind chills at or near zero. “There were some locations across the central U.S. that went from 50 to the teens,” said National Weather Service meteorologist, Stephen Rodriguez. “It was a sharp, strong cold front that moved through.”

The cold air mass slammed into northern Texas early Tuesday, prompting officials to shutter some overpasses because of treacherous driving conditions. Snow and freezing rain fell across parts of Kentucky early Tuesday and forecasters warned morning commuters of slick roads.

The storm and ensuing cold have been blamed for at least 10 deaths since the weekend. An avalanche in Colorado claimed the life of a Ski Patrol member, and exposure probably killed an 87-year-old man found outside his Montana nursing home. Weather-related car accidents were responsible for a death in Illinois and two deaths each in Minnesota and Missouri. Three traffic deaths were attributed to the weather in Oklahoma.

Thermometers read 31 below Monday in Glasgow, Montana, and the wind chill was 45 below, the Weather Service said. The Texas Panhandle had lows in the single digits, and Goodland, Kansas, registered a record low of -10. Record lows Monday included -19 in Denver, where the previous December 15 record of -6 was set in 1951; and -16 at Sidney, Nebraska.

Monday’s 19-degree low temperature at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport was the coldest for the date in 60 years, the National Weather Service said. Monday was the coldest December 15 ever in Oklahoma City, with the previous coldest high for the date, 19 degrees, having been recorded in 1901.

So, can anyone tell me where all of this global warming is taking place? Anyone? Anywhere? I wonder, how long will it take for some TV reporter to say, “Well, as another proof of global warming, the weather has turned extremely cold, but we expect it to warm up dramatically by spring—once again showing how real global warming really is!”

I can hear it now!


  1. I haven't made my mind up yet on global warming. I'm not a "green" guy. My wife and I shop for groceries with out own bag, but honestly, that's because we get a discount when we do. We try not to waste and we don't litter, but we don't go out of our way to ensure no tree is cut down or no grasshopper is harmed.

    I think it is obvious that man does effect the earth. If you don't think that is true, lock yourself in your garage with the door closed and the car running (don't do it). Evidence will strike you rather fatally.

    What I am unsure of is how much we effect the earth. I have no doubt the earth's climate goes in cycles. How else could we explain ice ages separated by "normal" ages? I don't buy the whole Al Gore, the world will end in 2 years if we don't turn from our horrid ways.

    I would also add that I think the more appropriate term is "global climate change" as opposed to "global warming", but I'm not an ecologist.

    I would also add that if any group was suppose to take of the earth, it is Christians. We were given dominion over the earth and we are to be good stewards, are we not?

  2. Your blog will be shut down in T minus 4 seconds so I better hurry. Anyone who speaks out against global warming gets the ax.

    Many scientists and meteorologists are losing their jobs over this exact argument. It's not a global warm -- it's a global cycle change. Al Gore is the most famous moron I've ever seen, but he makes me laugh so hard so keep him out there because fools are so funny.

    We recycle. That's as green as it gets. In fact, I overuse toilet paper, paper towels, and I just dug our tree out of the ground last month because I thought it was ugly. My kids squish bugs and I can't stand animals (except to eat them). I leave my Christmas lights on all day long because I think they're pretty.

    I'm a monster!

    Heidi Reed

  3. Heidi...thanks for the warning...

    As I was reading your comment, one of our IT folks came by my desk and say, "You need to reboot your computer!" No joke!

    Okay...can you see me?

  4. me, controlling the earth or having dominion over it, is the responsibility we have, given to us by God. Should we be good stewards of it? Definitely! Do we need to worship earth and animals and sky? NO WAY! So many people have forgotten that WE are in charge...not the world being in charge!

  5. It went from 30 two days ago to mid 70s today here in Dallas...

    Actually, we were not given dominion over the earth. Satan currently has it (Luke 4:5-7), until Christ comes, who has been given the authority by God, at the appointed time, to "clear house" and return it to God (1 Cor 15:20-29.

    But we are also called to be good stewards of what we have been entrusted to care for (Matthew 25:14-30)

  6. Will...I don't mean to be argumentative, but what about Genesis 1:26-28: "God said, 'Now we will make humans, and they will be like us. We will let them rule the fish, the birds, and all other living creatures.' So God created humans to be like himself: he made men and women. God gave them his blessing and said: Have a lot of children! Fill the earth with people and bring it under your control. Rule over the fish in the ocean, the birds in the sky, and every animal on the earth."

    Satan only believes he has control. He can't control what God Himself owns.

  7. Heidi - I certainly hope when you said "I" with respect to tree removal, you meant "the hubbinator" or person you ASKED to remove said tree?!?!?

    Steve - I keep getting the "Automatic Update" reminder, too - Misccrosquash just posted an update to fix the update that broke many peoples IE7 last week when they pushed out 28 updates at once. Gee, change 28 things at one time, and they didn't think it would be a problem?!? Ugh. They must be trying to remind us we live in a broken world.

  8. It's discussion, right? You're not "raising your voice" with all caps, or anything. ;-)

    True, but that's also before the "incident", right? At least that's how I reconcile those two verses.

    On a side note, all living creatures were vegetarians before the first sin, (Gen 1:29-30) given "every green plant for food." So maybe your "new" lifestyle of rabbit food, is just a return to the "original" lifestyle?


  9. Hey...with my heart...screaming isn't advised!

    So, does my diet make me more holy than you?

  10. Oooohhh...them's fightin' words. ;-)

    We've got a leadership luncheon (boss thanking for all the hard work). Unfortunately, it's at a Tex-Mex place, otherwise I would have ordered a big-ol' steak and baked potato with all the fixin's, just in your honor. :P

  11. there anything you don't blame the Democrats for?

  12. I don't believe in global warming. Let the arguments begin. I do recycle plastic at the local Y but our community does not have an active recycling program or I would do more.

  13. No, my dear Will, I meant "I" dug up the tree. I got my big ol' shovel, yes all 7 months preggie, and started digging. The kids were thrilled and I even let them jump on it while I held it up. I dug and dug and dug. Then we took turns bending the tree this way and that way like you would a loose tooth to get all the roots to break away. Then I tried with all my super human might (which means nothing) and I couldn't get it out. So when Rich got home I pointed to the tree that was lying sideways on the lawn in a very deep and sandy ditch and said "Fetch!". LOL! So he took it out of the ground, but it was like when the can won't open after I have tried and tried to turn it and then he comes in and off the top pops. Yep. I got it all loosened up for him and so all he had to do was drag it over to the yard waste pile (which is a fancy word for the empty overgrown lot next door).

    I am Heidi hear me roar!

    The end. :)

  14. And the young Reed shall grow up to be an arborist....

  15. Steve,

    First let me say, my voter registration ID labels me as a "Democrat". I think that is important before anyone thinks too much more poorly of me (if that is even possible).

    Second, I'll have to think about that and get back to you! ;-)

  16. Rick...I couldn't think more poorly of you! :)

    Heidi...I would give anything for a video of what took place at your house!!!

  17. I dunno. Our almost 70 temperatures this week (in the mountains of NC0 kinda makes me think there is something to global warming. It feels like spring here :/

  18. Thought this might be of interest.

    It was on drudge.


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