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The New Normal

Randall Munroe
© Randall Munroe

I guess, like everything else, it is all relative.

So the next time someone remarks on the cold and says that global warming is a joke, I’ll just point out that the only reason they notice the cold is because they’ve gotten used to it being much warmer.



  1. wildwood wrote:

    I live in St. Louis and it’s usually the main topic of conversation no matter whether we thinks it’s too hot or too cold and it usually is one or the other. I grew up hearing, “If you don’t like the weather wait a few hours”, and around here, it’s so true.

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 4:45 pm | Permalink
  2. PatriotSGT wrote:

    When I was young and growing up just south of the Mason-Dixon line in the 60s we never had a white christmas and it was more likely to be in the 70s on christmas day then snowing. Then in the 70s they warned us that a mini ice age was a threat to mankind and we would see some big snowstorms. Then I started working and lived in places like Rochester NY and Beaver Valley PA where they always get snow. Then the 90s came and they started talking about global warming and we had some very hot dry summers and periods of drought. In the 2000s they changed from global warming to climate change and we’ve had more white christmas’s then I’ve ever seen and more frequent big snow storms. And in the 2010s weve had more record cold then heat waves.

    So I guess they have all been right or wrong and climate change is and has always been taking place. Personally, I think it has to do more with solar cycles and deep ocean currents. I do believe that we should be good stewards of our planet though and reduce polution and carbon emissions for our children. We also need to preserve our limited resources. We’ve done a good job planting trees and we have many more, even with urban sprawl, then at the turn of the previous century. We need to preserve our ancient forests particularly in the NW as they are places of wonder and when I visited for a few months while stationed in FT Lewis I was awe struck at their beauty.

    I was disheartened during the Presidents speech last night when he didn’t mention nuclear as an option for reducing greenhouse emmissions. Theres nothing wrong with solar and its fine to keep adding it and wind to our arsenal, but we need more. I did like the idea of getting more vehicles using natural gas. And as he stated the US is leading the way on reducing our carbon footprint, but we’ve got to get the rest of the world on board and give them real viable energy solutions.

    Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 8:51 am | Permalink