Thursday, January 30, 2014

Coldest spot in the nation?

I quote from the Newark (Ohio) Advocate:

"At midnight Tuesday, the Newark-Heath Airport recorded 19 degrees below zero, making it the coldest spot in the nation at that moment, according to National Weather Service reports at the time.  It even beat Alaska, which is experiencing unseasonably warm weather this week."


"But that distinction--recorded by local automated tracking equipment--proved short-lived and was not able to be confirmed.  'We don't have any way of tracking the coldest part of the country, hour by hour,' said meterologist Mike Kurz, of the NWS in Wilmington."

That is to say, you'll have to take our word for it.  Well, if Newark, Ohio was the coldest spot in the nation at that particular moment, we were likely colder out here in the country.  (We're not far from Newark.)  It's possible that, for a moment, I was living in the coldest part of the country.

I may even have been outside.  I don't remember.  Probably not.  Garbage can hauling was the next evening.  Likely, I was nice and toasty indoors.

Anyway, there you (more or less) have it.



Aging Child said...

Lee, how much do you want to bet that the far right will shortly use this cold snap as head-in-sand fodder for "there ain't no 'global warming'! See?"

When they do - any moment now, but I'm not interested in checking Fox to verify - we'll just smile and tell them, "Chill, brother; sister."

The upcoming scorching summer will have a thing or three to say about that, too.

Enjoy, sir... and stay warm!

Kind regards,
A. Gene Childe

Lee Hartsfeld said...

Some people think "global" means "a single spot on the planet," or that warming trends are measured in months.

It spooks me out that I may have been (for a moment, anyway) in the coldest spot in the U.S. All I know is that it was 18 below on our porch Wednesday a.m. (And, most likely, in the general area surrounding same. Cha-dunk, crash!)

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