US Deep Freeze Stands out on Global Map

February 26, 2015


Andrew Freedman in Mashable:

The eastern U.S., as well as parts of Canada, sticks out for having the most unusually cold conditions on the planet.

In fact, much of the rest of North America — including the western U.S., northwest Canada and Alaska — along with most areas of the world, are milder than average. It’s as if the North Pole temporarily relocated to Boston, while leaving the door open for the Southern Hemisphere’s summer to sneak in and evaporate California’s snow pack, while also setting high temperature records all the way into inland Alaska.

During just the past seven days, nearly 1,300 cold temperature records have been set or tied across the lower 48 states, most of them east of the Rocky Mountains.

Over the longer-term, the world — and even the U.S. — is still running much milder than average. After the warmest year on record in 2014, January 2015 was the second-warmest January on record for the globe, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

And since Jan. 1, warm temperature records are outpacing cold temperature records in the U.S. by a margin of about four to one.

Senator Strom..ahem..James Inhofe was in fine form yesterday, tossing a snowball on the Senate floor as a supposed rebuttal to climate science and scientists all over the world.

The reason I sometimes get Senator Inhofe confused with Strom Thurmond, is, of course, because they both occupy a similar niche in history – as defenders of destructive, paranoid, and hate filled ignorance. As I wrote a few weeks ago, and have pasted below.



Senator Inhofe made headlines recently in claiming that Climate Change was a global conspiracy headed up by Barbara Streisand, who apparently is pulling the strings of an international cabal of evil doers, who wish to destroy America.

Nevertheless, we expect similar headlines to grace the media on a regular basis as Senator Inhofe now chairs to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, the nation’s most powerful legislative seat in matters of the global life support system.  It is important that those who support and surround Senator Thur.. I mean, Inhofe, be always and forever made to answer for that support, challenged to defend his manifest craziness, and reminded of it whenever they wish to weigh in on matters of substance and fact.

In case you don’t remember Strom Thurmond and his Inhofe-like prominence in the segregationist movement, see below. (racial language alert)

The Washington Monthly:

Like many artists and most bigots, Strom Thurmond was highly productive early in life. By the age of fifty-five, the humorless South Carolina reactionary had run for president as a Dixiecrat, secured election to the U.S. Senate, penned the neo-confederate “Southern Manifesto” denouncing Brown v. Board of Education, and performed the longest one-man filibuster in the Senate’s history: a ghastly King Lear with pitchfork and noose, in which Thurmond denounced the 1957 Civil Rights Act as the death of liberty. (It ended when he grew hoarse and sat down.) When Lyndon Johnson pushed the much toothier Civil Rights Act of 1964 through Congress, he again did it over Thurmond’s filibuster. The following year, Thurmond fought the Voting Rights Act. His political idols were John C. Calhoun, Robert E. Lee, and Spiro Agnew. In his most famous speech, Thurmond pledged in 1948 that there were not enough troops in the Army to force “the southern people” to “admit the nigger race into our theaters, into our swimming pools, into our homes, and into our churches.” But apparently they were allowed into “our” beds: in 1925 the twenty-two-year-old Thurmond sired a child with a sixteen-year-old African American family maid. His illegitimate daughter remained anonymous until her father’s death in 2003.

Today Strom Thurmond’s name brings to mind two sentiments: revulsion and disgrace. Here was a racist hypocrite who denounced the intermixing of black and white while secretly paying hush money to his own biracial daughter. He never apologized for his years as a segregationist, and even had the nerve later in life to deny that they ever occurred. Thurmond’s association was toxic enough to cost Trent Lott his position as Senate majority leader in 2002, when Lott suggested during an unguarded moment that the United States would have been a better place had Thurmond been elected president in 1948.


8 Responses to “US Deep Freeze Stands out on Global Map”

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    Thirty-some miles west of where Inhofe stood in stupidity with his snowball and gloati8ng over his cleverness, I was today shoveling yet another 3 inches of snow onto the piles that refuse to melt because we are 20 degrees below normal. Yep, it’s cold around DC and a lot colder over much of the center and east and south. We are normally watching the crocus and daffodils starting to peek out by now, and even hearing about the buds swelling on the cherry trees in DC. Not this year.

    And the Senile Senator from OK thinks that means that AGW is a hoax. Actually, I DO think he is getting senile (he can’t have been born that dumb), and we can hope that he rapidly deteriorates to the point that he has to be forcibly retired.

    That may sound “cruel”, but IMO the damage he is doing to the country and the world far outweighs any thoughts of being “kind”. He is every bit the equivalent of Strom Thurmond in his toxicity, and he needs to go—-the sooner the better.

    • Andy Lee Robinson Says:

      There was a time before Inhofe was bought by Big Oil:

      Throwback Tulsa: Our top 10 favorite Jim Inhofe stories

      My favourite:

      8. Favors solar, wind power.

      On May 4, 1978, the World reported that Mayor Jim Inhofe had asked Tulsans to support the development of alternative energy resources and expressed a personal interest in solar power.

      In observance of national Sun Day, Inhofe read from a proclamation calling on Tulsans “to enhance their understanding and dedicate themselves to the development of alternative energy sources.”

      Inhofe told of his visit to the solar home of actor Robert Redford and recalled seeing a town in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula “run entirely on wind.”

      “Everywhere you look there are windmills – and they’re all made in Chicago,” he said.

      He said Americans were being forced to rely on “countries we really don’t want to be dependent upon” for fuel.

      “With that in mind, I think we’re all interested in looking for alternate sources of energy. And of course, we want clean sources,” he said.

      “Solar energy is bound to be in our future. There’s a kind of inevitability about it,” Inhofe concluded.

  2. “US Deep Freeze Stands out on Global Map”

    That’s because Congress passed a law banning AGW in the USA.

    If only more countries would do that.

  3. […] Andrew Freedman in Mashable: The eastern U.S., as well as parts of Canada, sticks out for having the most unusually cold conditions on the planet. In fact, much of the rest of North America — inclu…  […]

  4. John Says:

    Reblogged this on jpratt27.

  5. redskylite Says:

    In stark contrast to the Eastern part of the U.S, in the state that James Mountain Inhofe is the senior United States senator, record high temperatures and worry about forest fires is occurring, irony strikes again ?

  6. MorinMoss Says:

    Skeptical Science’s weekly news roundup is pointing to a Washington Post story that the giant pool of cold air in the Northern Hemisphere is at near-record lows

  7. […] in, as staggering demonstrations of ignorance, like Senator Strom, Inhofe’s recent “snowball” speech, continue to go viral and define that party on the wrong side of yet another issue where America is […]

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