You think YOUR weather is weird?

Yesterday: 72 degrees and sunny.

Expected tonight: wind chill of minus six degrees, plus six inches of snow.

This isn’t some extreme example of “climate change.” That’s just life in Denver!

6 thoughts on “You think YOUR weather is weird?

  1. Your measurement (yes plural) systems are fucked up man…

    Pounds, ounces, miles, yards etc

    I am old enough to have used these in Oz, but not remember how they work.

    I am happy that we measure things in French.

    1. Very true. I can still remember when we were going to go metric, and then everything was abandoned. Our systems are based on multiples of 12 and 16 and (for some reason) 1760 (feet in a mile). All impossible for the average person to multiply and divide.

      But these things die hard.

      Look at chronology. The entire world is still using time systems based on multiples of 24 and 60 – just as silly as our measurements, and I’m guessing it will be many more centuries before a day is divided into 10 hours, each hour into 100 minutes, each minute into 100 seconds, Of course a second would have to be re-defined to be about 86% as long as now, but that’s arbitrary anyway. But people resist all the change required to do things like that, just as they resist the metrification of America.

      And Fahrenheit makes no sense at all. I have no idea why we cling to that one. Celsius has a logical basis, based on the freezing temperature and boiling temperature of water set at 0 and 100, but Fahrenheit break points are really just random. Even Mr. Fahrenheit himself could come up with no sensible answer to that when asked.

  2. I don’t know about that, but a 113 degree f change in 36 hours is bizarre. In between that, I had gusts of wind at 70 mph for 3 hours before dusk.

    It is hard for me to get flooded in as I live on a yacht.

    1. Your math is wrong. The slope is 1.8, so the change was 81 Fahrenheit degrees, about the same as the Denver example, and it took place over a longer period of time. (When calculating the difference between two temperatures, use the “slope” of 1.8 but don’t add the 32, which is the “origin.”)

      f1= 1.8c1 + 32
      f2= 1.8c2 + 32

      Therefore f1-f2 = 1.8c1 – 1.8c2 +32 -32
      Therefore f1-f2 = 1.8 (c1-c2)

      In your example:

      f1-f2 = 1.8 x 45
      f1-f2 = 81

      You can check your work as follows:

      40c = 104f
      -5c = 23f

      difference = 81f

      And 23f ain’t that cold. In Wisconsin that’s shorts weather. But 104 is very hot, so the change is indeed dramatic.

  3. *yawn*
    Come find me when y’all have flash and regular floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, drought, ice, blizzards, baseball sized hail, and two months above 100…all in the same year. That’s from the welcome to Oklahoma sign.

  4. Yes, I think our weather is weird.

    40c on Saturday… – 5c and snow up to 800m on Monday morning

    45c difference in 36 hours.

    Yay for Tasmania

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