Singing in the Rain – Global Warming

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Another wet night for Otsego/Plainwell.  We received .96 since midnight bringing our total to 3.55 inches for the month which is right about average for the month of June, so with almost two weeks for the month we should be above average by the 30th.

The feature image is Gene Kelly dancing in the rain (loved that movie).  The clip is above with Debbie Reynolds.

If you want to see rainfall totals for the state go to the Wundermap at Weather Underground click on weather stations and precipitation.  These are the PWS’s (personal weather stations) – you can click on each station and go to their page – mine is KMIOTSEG6.  There is a lot of chart data and you can look at various dates for weather info.

After numerous rounds of thunderstorms over the last couple days for many locations, conditions dry out this afternoon after a few spotty showers moving through this morning. Monday and Tuesday will feature some scattered showers and perhaps a few thunderstorms, but much of the time will be dry. Active weather returns for the second half of the week with more rounds of thunderstorms possible.

In reference to Slims article yesterday – looking at climate data over the past 100 years (which isn’t a good judge of basing opinions on global warmth based on the age of the Earth) the U.S. has many more crops aspirating into the air from the vast fields of corn and soybeans and much more concrete from the buildings in the cities – and yes, I believe putting weather instruments at airports and the heart of the cities isn’t indicative of good climate data.

Downtown Grand Rapids can be much warmer than Hopkins.  The concrete holds and radiates more heat.  If humans are responsible for global warming I believe it would be from the examples above.  Sadly this is where weather data is collected and yes this would indicate a warming climate.

With data slim to none pre-1900 I don’t think we need to panic that we are all going to live in a different world due to melting ice caps and water rising.  I did a post a couple years ago (I will see if I can dig that up) from reports and data from paleontologists which showed the rising and falling of temperatures over several millennium.   We had a mini ice age in the 1800s and the dust bowl in the 1930s.

This is just variability of the climate, we have cool and warm periods and I believe this is due to earth features not man.  A major volcano eruption can cool temperatures around the world.  The atmosphere is like ocean currents, we try to predict what is going to happen past three days weather-wise but our predictions are guesses at best.

So, is the climate warming – yes, but I think it is just a period which could change over the next year, 10 years or 100 years.  Who knows?  Only God knows, we can only guess – future data can be skewed to say whatever we want it to say – we just have to wait and see.

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