Looks Like Winter Has Sneaked Up On Us

Down here in the deep south, my weather hobbyist friend Stan informs me that we have had the longest string of below freezing lows since the 19th Century.

I don’t kow about that, although I know from personal experience about the summer of 1936, the hottest summer the Great Plains ever put in the record books, and the winter of 1940, when temperatures below -40F froze all the beer in a heated warehouse solid, and destroyed orchards in the Northern tier – and make kids reading Robert Service in American Lit beg their parents to adopt some dogs so they could sleep with something warm.

Back in the late 1980’s we did not have internet. Thee was no such thing. But many of us had “packet BBS” round tables on Amateur Radio. Log in, read the comments, and comment if you felt like it.

In 1989 a guy joined a “General bs” BBS amd ,ade a few predictions about the climate. The BBS was all caps, emulating a “mill” rodio ops had used sicne Marconi to copy messages so one of his posts weith about like this:

“NJOY HF PROPAGATION WHILE U CAN. CYCLE 23 WILL BE A LONG ONE AND SUNSPOTS WILL DISAPPEAR 2009 gk cOOLING CYCLE WILL BEGIN WINTER 14/15 COLD BY 16/17 bk POSSIBLE MINI ICE AGE BY 2020.

For a prediction made twenty years in advance, that was spot on. And looking at the national weather, with reports of record setting cold and snowfall from all over the place, my remaining skepticism has dried up and blown away, carried off by very cold winds.

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