2012: A change in the weather

  • Article by: BILL McAULIFFE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 4, 2013 - 10:25 PM

Minnesota was all over the weather map last year. Here's our expert's month-by-month look at what we experienced.

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ranger78Jan. 5, 1311:49 AM

And China and Russia are experiencing colder winters than normal. Climate is global and always variable. And a snap shot from 1886 to 2012 is laughable to make a determination on climate change.

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callmeronJan. 5, 13 1:40 PM

"Minnesota was all over the weather map last year." Minnesota is ALWAYS all over the weather map. Having lived my life in Minnesota, I have seen: -20 F in November (1996), 83F in March 1986. I've seen it rain almost every day for a month, I've seen it rain almost nothing for a month. On Feb. 2, 1996, the low temperature was -32F with a high of -17F for the day (my car broke down that day, so I remember it well). On Feb. 6, 1996, just FOUR DAYS later, the high temperature was 34F. On Feb. 7, 1996, the high was 42 degrees. From the Feb. 2, 1996, high of -17F to the Feb. 6, 1996, high of 34F, that is a 51 degree Farenheit swing in high temperatures in just 4 days! That is the way Minnesota is, and always was and will always be. Some keep beating the drum for "global warming" and "climate change" to justify massive tax increases when the FACT of the matter is that temperatures have ALWAYS varied wildly and ALWAYS WILL. The concept of an "average" is meaningless when the data is highly variable. It's called "random variation". This notion that the earth's climate is 15/100ths of a degree warmer than it was 15 years ago and that is justification for tax increases is asinine and only appeals to the most simple-minded among us. Sure, years 2011 and 2012 were warmer than normal. But years 2008 and 2009 were cooler than normal. It's random variation.

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eastrangeJan. 5, 13 3:53 PM

Vote democrat for more of the same global warming policy. To hell with any economy in Minnesota because that is what was voted for, it is a lot easier to export those jobs out of this country where they don't care about the environment. It is counterproductive to what these Agenda 21 groups are trying to achieve long term. Something for our local, state and federal government officials to be looking at more closely instead of following agenda based policy without enough thought.

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