March 17, 2007 at 9:25 AM“No, I’m certain we had a couple of weeks of warm sunshine last summer, and it was really nice.”
No, Ruth. No we didn’t, and I would now like to throttle anyone who insists otherwise. And since we are all (myself included) in the habit of misconstruing the facts to favor our fancy, I went home and looked it up. Then, I wrote down the official average temperature for each month over the past year. Not stopping there (I have lots of time on my hands over spring break), I wrote down the average monthly temperature over the entire past 57 years, ever since they started keeping records in this town. Expectantly, I awaited a trend of some sort to reveal itself.
Well, the facts are in. The 50's were cold, with average annual temperatures of about 33 degrees. The 80's were the warmest, with an average temperature of 35 degrees. The 90's were a tad cooler, and this past decade has averaged 34. And last year? Well, the average temperature here for 2006 was 30.5 degrees, with last summer setting a record for being the coolest in recorded history.
I made a few graphs.
Then I bundled up
and went outside
to see just how March was coming along.
Nope, nothing's wearing green today, not unless you count bars of soap. St. Patty, you will just have to pinch me. And pinch Alaska, too. I’m heading over to the coffee shop to play some jigs and reels with any Irishman who cares to join me (or any person who happens to feel Irish today, for that matter). Let me know when we've reached the end of the rainbow.
Doesn't the alpaca object when you stick knitting needles in it?
That's way too hot and it'll just get worse. You'll hear me whine when it's 120 this summer!!
I guess Al Gore's movie is the butt of jokes up there in Solcoldna.
If it's any consolation, we went cross country skiing last night, and sledding this morning, and the rivers and ponds have still been frozen quite convincingly ever since mid Januar. And we're at Latitude 41! Here it is, a week from spring and we haven't even got mud season yet. And up in coastal downeast Maine, there was still 18" of snow on the ground before this storm came through.
Water temperatures on Long Island Sound:
34 degrees in Bridgeport:
36 degrees in New Haven:
Even the ocean is cold! Montauk, 37.8 F!
So much for spring. Blame it on En Ni~no.
Well, your weather does look like our late January weather.
Here's ours (I picked mid-coast of CT):
So really. I need a guitar player, someone who can pick up chords by ear or by sight and knows how to jig and reel. Otherwise, it's Danny Boy ala carte. (Which is not quite as good as Danny Boy ala mode, but at least it's a better option than Danny Boy ala tone-deaf-rhythm-deficient-guitar. Oh Danny...)
In the winter, temps average 0-20 degrees. Being a coastal town, we are much milder than the interior of the state, which sees an average of 20 degrees colder weather. The coldest I've seen since I moved here was -30 (a couple of months ago). I think the record is -45 or so. But often times it warms up to the 30's and 40's and we get rain.
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