SEARCH BLOG: WEATHER
If you look down the right hand column, you will see a chart like this:
It shows the temperature variance from normal, by month, since 2/1/08 in a suburban Detroit area. For 2009 YTD, we have averaged about 3.0°F below normal.
To give you a reference, Detroit's average annual temperature is 48.6°F while Minneapolis' is 44.9°. That's a 3.7° difference. According to the thermometer, Detroit is now just a bit south of Minneapolis. A slightly different perspective is that Cincinnati's average annual temperature is 51.7°F or 3.1°higher than Detroit's.
Map from Google
Looking at it from an agricultural perspective, that difference in climate means a shortened growing season and a more limited variety of crops. It also means a significant increase in fossil fuels used for heating. But it may extend the skiing season. FYI, the normal low around here is about 8-10° higher than forecasted lows for the next several days, so that 7.8° below-normal number for October will, at a minimum [no pun], stay near that level for a few more days. It will take a very warm second half of the month to get anywhere near normal.
With all of the unemployment in the Detroit area, we're needing a little warming here. There are many more cold weather related deaths than warm weather related deaths and a lot of people are skimping on their heat to get by. Tell me again, why our government is so concerned about CO2... concerned enough to impose economic hardship on top of unemployment on top of a cooling climate? Sure, global warming is happening... somewhere... just not this planet and just not this decade.
Could it be that politicians simply need a cause... any cause that can arouse the susceptible... to demonstrate their worth to the voters? If that involves some extreme hyperbole [that's not redundant in politics and you should read that last link], then bring it on!