To see from afar is to see why

23 June 2011

In Portland, we’ve had but three sunny days since April 1.  Don’t get me wrong . . . we’ve seen the sun more often than that . . . but sun all day long and no clouds on the horizon?  Nah. Three days.  And in the midwest, floods and tornadoes.  In the southwest, wildfires. I’ll take the months of dreary.

This recent La Ninå is one for the ages.  Portland’s spring ranks as the second coldest and wettest in 117 years of record-keeping. 

But, really, what does that mean?  So what if we’ve had three times the typical rainfall of April and May?  And cloud cover has been thorough.  It’s all a high noise, just a bit out of rhythm of our usual flows – not that great of an anomaly. And, really, 117 years of data is a teeny-weeny sample against the many millennia of human presence in the Pacific Northwest.

The accompanying photo is a composite of earth’s climate – and you can see, can’t you – that despite the variance across oceans and various landmasses, it really is all OneThing.


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