August 28, 2007

Interesting stats

In case you haven't noticed, it's been a scorcher of a month down here in Athens. We had several streaks of 100+ degree highs and dryness that would make the Sahara go "you camel-drivers are dry!"

I'm not generally one to get on my global warming horse in a public setting, but when you look at August (and the rest of the year, for that matter), you might begin to wonder...

13 of 26 recorded days (so far) with temperatures at or above 100 degrees.
Record highs set on 9 separate occasions, with a streak of 5 consecutive record-setting highs.
3 days where the average temperature for the day did not go below 90 degrees.
21 of 26 days days where the low temperature did not go below 70 degrees.
The average monthly high temperature to date: 99.6 degrees.
The average daily mean temperature to date: 86.3 degrees.
No measurable rainfall recorded until August 16.
Less than 1 inch total rainfall record in the whole month until August 26.

Stats retrieved from: NOAA

That and winter existed for the total of a day, not that I'd expect it to be around much longer down here, the point remains... this year has been warm, to say the least. Last year was warm in Ohio, especially when the A/C was down in the Learn and Earn office.

Who I am to say, though. W would tell me that I'm no climatologist and that I have no scientific credibility and he'd be right. But I do notice patterns and the pattern is that it's hot, hotter than I remember growing up, oh so not-that-long ago. So maybe that's something to notice.

But I'm no climatologist.


August 11, 2007


Testing... testing.