Saturday, January 09, 2010

Chewbacca's sense of snow




January blues.

It is two below zero (F) outside in Toronto.

To go out for beer is daunting.

I pace the floor making Chewbacca sounds.

And all that talk about global warning.It is colder in London than Toronto. Ten below. Suzuki must be a Wookie.
Were he in Toronto and not B.C. he would be not a completly abominable snowman, but close. The global warmers have become something of an abomination, certainly among Brits who are running out of natural gas for their one- bob- at- a -time pay-as-you- freeze gas heaters. Has that country discovered central heating yet? The economy will surely improve. Furnace sales are up and away.
I maintain that a civilization is measured by its plumbing and heating. Poor Brits now back in the stone age for all their pretenses to being Romans all this time? Oh, the cold! Et tu Brute!
Those hot shorts, fashion statement of underwear bombers, must surely be brisk- selling items at the duty free shop at Heath Row.
The old joke about it being airy. What did you expect? This time feather knickers for sure.
Nobody in Britain expected twenty below.
Again, it takes grit to be a Brit.
Londoners develop a safe, steady routine for forty years. Mild climate. No serious traffic problems in winter.
And then London is a skating rink, the Austin Coopers go round and round. And there is a polar bear watch near Canada House.

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*Egad. I think my computer froze. Have to take hard drive, monitor and speakers apart. Not only super cold but entropy here!

9 comments:

TomCat said...

Global warming is somewhat a misnomer. Global climate change is a better description. Twenty below in Britain fits that description. I know they'll keep a stiff upper lip, though. Their lips are frozen.

the walking man said...

Odd when you wrote this it was balmy 60 degrees in Detroit and the coconut palms are beginning to sprout.

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Tomcat: CorBlimey!

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Mark,

Ye gods and little fishes!
Detroit?
Overe here, the squirrels are freezing their nuts off.

Anonymous said...

NEWS ITEM:
Cold snap doesn't disprove global warming: experts

Beijing had its coldest morning in almost 40 years and its biggest snowfall since 1951. Britain is suffering through its longest cold snap since 1981. And freezing weather is gripping the Deep South, including Florida's orange groves and beaches.

Whatever happened to global warming?

Such weather doesn't seem to fit with warnings from scientists that the Earth is warming because of greenhouse gases. But experts say the cold snap doesn't disprove global warming at all — it's just a blip in the long-term heating trend.

"It's part of natural variability," said Gerald Meehl, a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. With global warming, he said, "we'll still have record cold temperatures. We'll just have fewer of them."

Deke Arndt of the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., noted that 2009 will rank among the 10 warmest years for Earth since 1880.

Scientists say man-made climate change does have the potential to cause more frequent and more severe weather extremes, such as heat waves, storms, floods, droughts and even cold spells. But experts interviewed by The Associated Press did not connect the current frigid blast to climate change.

So what is going on?

"We basically have seen just a big outbreak of Arctic air" over populated areas of the Northern Hemisphere, Arndt said. "The Arctic air has really turned itself loose on us."

In the atmosphere, large rivers of air travel roughly west to east around the globe between the Arctic and the tropics. This air flow acts like a fence to keep Arctic air confined.

But recently, this air flow has become bent into a pronounced zigzag pattern, meandering north and south. If you live in a place where it brings air up from the south, you get warm weather. In fact, record highs were reported this week in Washington state and Alaska.

But in the eastern United States, like some other unlucky parts of the globe, Arctic air is swooping down from the north. And that's how you get a temperature of –16 C in Beijing, a reading of –41 C in mainland Norway, and 45 centimetres of snow in parts of Britain, where a member of parliament who said the snow "clearly indicates a cooling trend" was jeered by colleagues.

The zigzag pattern arises naturally from time to time, but it is not clear why it's so strong right now, said Michelle L'Heureux, a meteorologist at the Climate Prediction Centre of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The centre says the pattern should begin to weaken in a week or two.

Jeff Masters, director of meteorology for Weather Underground, a forecasting service, said he expects more typical winter weather across North America early next week.

That will be welcome news in the southern U.S., where farmers have been trying to salvage millions of dollars' worth of strawberries and other crops.

On Miami Beach, tourists bundled up in woolen winter coats and hooded sweatshirts Wednesday beneath a clear blue sky. Some brazenly let the water wash over their feet and a few even lay out in bikinis and swimming trunks. A brisk wind blew and temperatures hovered between 10 C and 15 C.

"Last year we were swimming every day," said Olivia Ruedinger of Hamburg, Germany. "I miss that."

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...And if you believe in all that, you believe in the tooth fairy!

Erik Donald France said...

Man, it IS cold just about everywhere this week . . . freaky. Every once in a blue Moon it takes this plunge . . . Wild about London's plight . . .

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Last time I remember it being this cold all over was in l976-77.

I had left Tronto for Mexico, solo, just to get away from it all.

Forgot to bring wife. Oh-oh!

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