Friday, July 17, 2009

17 July 2009

It's about 2:30 p.m. CDT in Burnsville, Minnesota. The temperature is 60°F. The wind is howling and the sky is the color of a diplomat's pants.

July. It's the new October.

13 comments:

Gino said...

its currently 97F,here. and climbing. slightly breezy, and dry.

typical for these parts.
although last year was warmer at this time.

Gino said...

question from the keyboard illerate:

how did you type "°" ?

Mark Heuring said...

how did you type "°" ?

The Mac I use here has special characters. If you type 8 while holding down the (shift) and (option) key, you get °. Don't know if you can do that on a Windows machine or not.

Anonymous said...

Mark,
Nate Silver of fivethirtyeight.com has an interesting take on your observations, and a challenge.

Take a look. You might want to participate.

http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/

Regards,
Rich

Mark Heuring said...

Rich,

Where did I mention global warming/climate change/whatever it's called today in this post?

I was pointing out that it was a cold day in July. And it was cold by July standards today. It could be 110 degrees in a week. And if it is, I'll probably mention it, too.

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

Right Hook said...

Gino -

On PCs with the default US character set you can get the "°" symbol by holding down the ALT key typing 248 on the keypad and releasing the ALT key.

Gino said...

°

cool.

thanks. i hear there are a bunch of little secrets like that, but i wouldnt know where to look them up.

Anonymous said...

Mark,
where did I mention global warming? You noted that this July is colder than average where you are at, and Nate Silver, using Minnesota data, noted that temperatures in your state are right at the average.

Rich

Mark Heuring said...

Rich,

C'mon. The whole point of Silver's post was to set up some sort of sucker's bet about global warming.

Referencing a challenge and that I might want to participate in Silver's challenge brought up the topic, dude.

Anonymous said...

Mark,
I read your blog first, and Silver's later. I couldn't help but note the juxtaposition of the two observations. Your both making opposite claims on the same weather from the same geographic position. Honestly, the warming thing was secondary.

Can I ask the same of you? When you wrote this, had the global warming issue never crossed your mind?

Regards,
Rich

Mark Heuring said...

Rich,



As I often title other posts, res ipsa loquitur. The only claim I was making is something you could independently verify yourself -- it was cold, raw day on Friday. Today it's beautiful - got to about 80 and sunny.

I've lived up here for 17 years now, Rich. Trust me, the weather on July 17 has been at least 20 degrees warmer just about every time.

Again, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

Anonymous said...

A cigar may be a cigar, but if you light it, you've increased your carbon footprint.

Mark Heuring said...

A cigar may be a cigar, but if you light it, you've increased your carbon footprint.

Well played, anonymous!