Saturday, January 06, 2007

Mainstream Media finally covering the "big" story

So many stories coming through now it's hard to keep up. Let alone walking outside
my door here in Fargo in January to melted snow, a warm sun and yet another record
high temperature. Fargo is the land of extremes. Extreme heat in the summer and
extremly cold and snowy in the winter.

We are most known for our winters however thanks to the movie "Fargo."
I moved here from Montevideo, Minnesota in the mid 80s.
Montevideo has alot of Chippewa American Indian in it's history
and means "From mountain I see."
I'm not Chippewan...I'm a less evolved Caucasian but I always loved the meaning
as it really illustrates the city I grew up in. Very little noticeable wind.
Cold winters but doable.
Right out of high school I moved from the "Mountain" to the Flat prairie. First thing
I remember about this city is the cold, winter winds. I only moved some 3 hours
north but it was like another Country! Siberia! Yet despite that the warm people
won me over and it became my true hometown. I moved away after 8 years but
then returned some 7 years later. And it's been getting warmer ever since.
We just had our first snowless winter over Christmas since 1957 according
the locals.

By JOHN KEKIS, Associated Press Writer1 hour, 55 minutes ago

As Marie Goff drove up the muddy access road to the top of the bobsled track at Mount Van Hoevenberg on Saturday, the thermometer on the dashboard caught her eye.
"Unbelievable, 51 degrees," said Goff, a driver for the Olympic Regional Development Authority. "Thank goodness it stopped raining and thank goodness the track is refrigerated."
The balmy winter, which has sap running, the buds on the trees are sprouting, and dogs are shedding their winter coats, has been unlike any other in Goff's memory, and she's 83.
The National Weather Service reported record or near-record temperatures across the region Saturday after a long warm spell.
Albany International Airport hit 71 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. The temperature at Boston's Logan International Airport was 69 degrees at about 2:30 p.m. In New Jersey, all-time records set in 1950 were broken in Newark, Trenton and Atlantic City. And in New York City's Central Park, the thermometer hit 72, tying January's all-time high. The city, and much of the region, has seen no snow this winter.
"I can remember a thaw at Christmas many times, but not for the length of time we've had this year," said Goff, who was ferrying passengers at the Chevrolet Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge, a competition on ice by racecar drivers.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration projected a December, January and February about 2 percent warmer in the Northeast than the 30-year average, citing both the oscillation of the ocean-atmosphere system in the tropical Pacific, or El Nino, as well as long-term climate trends.
A cold front coming into the Northeast was expected to begin lowering temperatures Saturday night, said Neil Stuart, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service.
Eight of the 12 warmest years on record have happened since 1990, and the big culprit for the overall trend has been global warming, said David Robinson, the New Jersey state climatologist at Rutgers University.
"You can't explain this without including the enhancement of greenhouse gases," Robinson said.
The weather is bad news for some businesses. Kelly Belli, 34, a secretary at Aero Snow Removal's office in Newark, N.J., said worrying wasn't going to solve the lack of business, she said.
"You can't change the weather," she said. "It is what it is."

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