Thursday, January 27, 2005

Snow: new monthly record

Today, we spent the whole day with the faculty retreat: the physics professors have been talking and giving speeches for eight hours. And several other discussions followed.

It was very interesting but I am kind of tired, but it's my plan to post another collection of pictures from Cambridge when this article is updated: these new photographs are much more colorful because the weather was sunny when the new pictures were taken.

At any rate, this January's snow in Boston has already broken the previous monthly record: we have already seen more than 107 cm (Thursday update: 130 cm) of snow this month (and it continues to snow). That's the biggest amount in the 113-year-long history of the measurements. The previous record was from February 2003, about 106 cm. The previous record for January was from 1996, namely 101 cm. Note that these records are concentrated in the recent era, which locally makes the global cooling fearmongers slightly more promising than the global warming fearmongers.

After Western Europe, Central Europe has also been given a lot of snow. A few Calgarians died in avalanches in Austria. Several days of heavy snow has been a big problem for the traffic in Albania and the rest of Balkans. And the children in Algeria, North Africa, enjoy games in snow, too. If you are influenced by the stereotype that Africa can't be under snow, you should try to abandon your prejudices. In Turkey, extreme snow made it impossible to save two people who became victims of a 5.5 magnitude earthquake.


  1. Snow as previously moisture in the air. More snow means there was more moisture in the air. More moisture in the air means more evaporation. More evaporation means that the winds were stronger or the water & air were warmer. More warm, moisture laden air is making its way upto Boston where it collides with Arctic cold air and precipitates snow. It might be a sign of global warming.

  2. "It might be a sign of global warming."

    Well, it's because for deep religious people, everything is a sign of God, Hell, or Global Warming, whatever their religion is.

    Science and rational thinking work very differently, however. One must formulate sharp statements, and if they're falsified, the theory is dead.

  3. And your statements that the snow in Boston says something one way or the other about global warming are sharply formulated scientific statements? You could have fooled me!