I’ve read some place that colds are not caused by cold weather. But, we have “cold and flu season” showing up on commercials all the time. So, I don’t know if its perception or reality that the advertisers base their verbiage, but its out there nonetheless. We often attribute maladies to rapid changes in weather conditions, specifically, changes in temperatures. Well, if that’s the case, then break out the aspirin, salt water, Kleenex and sore throat lozenges. We’re set to ride up and down and up and down for the next week or so. We will move toward 60 on Wednesday, then we fall into the low to mid 40′s for the end of the week into the first part of the weekend. Then back toward 60 on Sunday before we end up with highs in the mid 30′s to start off the week. I know that many forecasts out there have not advertised the warm up on Sunday but we’ve seen it since the weekend and now most data has come into general agreement and we feel pretty confident in it coming about. As for the “s’ word…its always a big deal when it first shows up. At this point, it would appear that there will be abundant moisture for Sunday but polar air that moves in chases it out before conditions become right for “s”. As it appears now, only a flurry or two early Monday would be in the cards and it wouldn’t be significant except for people to shout about it.
On This Date In History: From the “is it global warming” department. On this date in 1703, a major storm wound down over England. This is the type of storm that some say will be the result of anthropogenic global warming. Trouble is, the industrial revolution didn’t come about for over a hundred years after the event. So, it was a storm. Big deal, right. This was a two week storm that blew in on November 14 and stayed over the British Isles for nearly two weeks! It had near hurricane force winds. Buildings were destroyed, towns flooded and even the Thames River near London caused waves that caused water levels 6 feet higher than ever previously recorded. The Royal Navy had some 300 ships anchored offshore. They all sunk. When it was all over, between 10,000 and 30,000 Brits lost their lives.
Just goes to show that big, unusual, “freak” storms occurred well before anyone accused man of altering the weather.