Wednesday, January 11, 2006

That John Denver...

The weather in Nebraska has been absolutely crazy for the last month. And by absolutely crazy, I mean luscious. When I realized that half of the people in my office were making plans to golf this afternoon, I started to wonder about global warming. To quote the late Mike Peterson (MCM can correct me if this isn't accurate), we can discuss the science of global warming or we can sit around and talk, and I don't know a damn thing about the science of global warming.

So, I think the next scapegoat (I don't quite know if that's the right word to use when I'm referring to one who is responsible for what I'd consider a positive turn of events) is the good Old Farmers' Almanac. Check out what it had to say about the "North Central Region" for January and February:

January 20061st-3rd. Snow. 4th-7th. Stormy, with snow for the Dakotas,
Minnesota, Nebraska and Iowa. Mixed snow, sleet, and freezing rain for
Kansas and Missouri. 8th-11th. Unsettled, with blustery winds. 12th-15th.
Clearing. Chilly winds diminish. 16th-19th. Stormy. Heavy snow for the
Northern Rockies, with 8 to 16 inches possible. 20th-23rd. Clearing skies
and cold. 24th-27th. Unsettled and blustery. 28th-31st. Clouds, wind, and

February 20061st-3rd. Blizzard, with 16 inches possible. Clearing
away by the 3rd. 4th-7th. Fair and much colder. 8th-11th. Unsettled, with
snow for the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska, and sleet for Kansas and
Missouri. 12th-15th. More stormy weather. 16th-19th. Clearing and colder.
20th-23rd. Snow spreads east. 24th-28th. Yet another round of stormy weather
pushes in.
Yeah, I wouldn't describe today as "unsettled" or "blustery", other than the slight breeze that is caused by all of the golf clubs being simultaneously swung.
So, the moral of the story is, while its OK for me to say in August 2005 that Boston College will end up in the ACC Title game and the final top 10 and end up being wrong, it is not OK for the Farmers' Almanac to miss out on today's weather with a prediction that was proffered approximately 6 months ago.
I hope the Farmers' Almanac is as innacurate with their predictions for February as I was about Tennessee cruising through SEC East.


Blogger McM said...

I read Michael Crichton's "State of Fear" last week which had a secondary goal of discussing the possibility of global warming being a myth. The book, which in the same vein as The DaVinci Code cleverly tries to pass fiction off as fact, does raise some interesting points regarding the earth's temperature fluctuations, and whether global warming really affects our current climate. That being said, I believe the book also makes the point that while increased carbon emissions and other human-made pollutants may not directly be increasing the temperature and the amount of greenhouse gases, that it is a problem which needs to be addressed. Personally, I agree that it needs to be addressed, but still think that global warming is a problem. Below is a review of the book from Publisher's Weekly:

If Crichton is right–if the scientific evidence for global warming is thin; if the environmental movement, ignoring science, has gone off track; if we live in what he in his Author’s Message calls a "State of Fear," a "near-hysterical preoccupation with safety that’s at best a waste of resources and a crimp on the human spirit, and at worst an invitation to totalitarianism"–then his extraordinary new thriller may in time be viewed as a landmark publication, both cautionary and prophetic. If he is wrong, then the novel will be remembered simply as another smart and robust, albeit preachy, addition to an astonishing writing career that has produced, among other works, Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and The Andromeda Strain. Crichton dramatizes his message by way of a frantic chase to prevent environmental terrorists from wreaking widespread destruction aimed at galvanizing the world against global warming. A team lead by MIT scientist/federal agent John Kenner crosses the globe to prevent the terrorists from calving a giant Antarctic iceberg; inducing terrible storms and flash floods in the US; and, using giant cavitators, causing a Pacific tidal wave. Behind the terrorists lurks the fantatical, fund-seeking chief of a mainstream environmental group; on Kenner’s team, most notably, is young attorney Peter Evans, aka everyman, whose typically liberal views on global warming chill as Kenner instructs him in the truth about the so-called crisis. The novel is dense with cliffhangers and chases and derring-do, while stuffed between these, mostly via Kenner’s dialogue, is a talky yet highly provocative survey of how Crichton thinks environmentalism has derailed. There are plenty of ready-to-film minor characters as well, from a karate-kicking beauty to a dimwitted, pro-environmentalist TV star who meets one of the nastiest fates in recent fiction. There’s a lot of message here, but fortunately Crichton knows how to write a thriller of cyclonic speed and intensity. Certainly one of the more unusual novels of the year for its high-level mix of education and entertainment, with a decidedly daring contrarian take, this take-no-prisoners consideration of environmentalism wrapped in extravagantly enjoyable pages is one of the most memorable novels of the year and is bound to be a #1 bestseller.
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9:58 AM  
Blogger JohnnyMitchell said...

Well, if it is going to give us 60+ degree days in January, I'm going to have a hard time being discipllined enough to stop emiting carbon and other me-made pollutants.

10:16 AM  
Blogger Brian Pope said...

I've read that book too. It will be a movie someday. I liked some of the points in that book.

Bono reminds me of the movie star character in that book.

4:48 PM  

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