In Argentina, several provinces in the Andes have been placed under a storm alert, according to the national weather centre.
But thousands of people cheered in the streets of Buenos Aires at the sight of the capital’s first snowfall since 1918.
“Despite all my years, this is the first time I’ve ever seen snow in Buenos Aires,” 82-year-old Juana Benitez was quoted as saying by the Associated Press news agency.
No doubt the snow is caused by Global Warming, as we keep hearing.
The problem with the “first time since” arguments are that, well, it’s happened before. And, particularly when it was a long time ago, the currently fashionable reasons given for the anomaly don’t apply to the last time it happened.
I don’t know if snow in Buenos Aires really means anything as far as the global climate is concerned. I do know that a number of factors certainly seem to show that things are heating up a bit, and I also think it only makes sense to suspect that at least some of the change is due to mankind’s activity.
That being said, Live Earth was still stupid.
Discussing “first time since” statistics and the climate has reminded me of a co-worker and friend that I discussed Lake Michigan water levels with a while back. I posted the story three years ago, but here’s the relevant bit again:
In 1998 or 1999, when the levels were down, a co-worker about my age who also runs a charter fishing boat on Lake Michigan was complaining about needing to get his boat slip dredged. He thought it was the end of the world and that it wouldn’t be long until there wasn’t any more fishing on Lake Michigan due to lack of water access. I pointed out that things were bound to come back, and that levels had been higher than normal for decades, leading marinas to expand based upon extraordinary levels instead of prudent averages.
“Lake Michigan is lower now than it’s been in over thirty years!” he just about shouted at me. “This isn’t some temporary bump in the road! Thirty years! It hasn’t been this low in THIRTY YEARS! Do you know what that means?”
“Yes,” I told him. “It means when your dad was in high school the water level was right were it is today.”
End of discussion.
At the above right is the current NOAA chart of the Great Lakes. As you can see, they’re all slightly down from last year. They’re also slightly up from the 2003 levels that were shown in the old post.