Last week, on January 17, the headline of the Los Angeles Times was "Heat Hits New High", with the sub-head, "2014 was the warmest year ever measured, confirming a trend."
The article by reporter Geoffrey Moran began --
"The average surface temperature on Earth was higher in 2014 than at any time since scientists began taking detailed measurements 135 years ago.
"The 1.4-degree Fahrenheit rise since 1880 confirms long-term warming patterns and renewed alarm about changes that could flood coasts, provoke more severe storms and dry out croplands around the globe, climate experts at NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Friday."
The accompanying chart showed that the 10 hottest days ever recorded since weather has been charted have all occurred in the last 16 years.
That Los Angeles Times front page story was admittedly a long time in the past -- a whopping nine days ago. On the West Coast.
On the East Coast, the story today -- a whole nine days later -- you might have noticed if you pay attention to the the news (or, if you live in the Northeast, if you look out the window) is just a tad different.
"MONSTER STORM," NBC's homepage blares. "States Ban Travel as Blizzard Pummels Northeast."
"TOP-FIVE HISTORIC STORM. 30 Million Warned" is how the Huffington Post reports it.
"State of Emergency as Storm Strikes" is the front page headline on the Boston Globe.
"Obama Lies Cause Killer Storm", Fox News announces. (Okay, so they didn't say that...)
Just nine days after a report of the warmest year ever in recorded history (which, the story said, "could provoke more sever storms") comes what some are calling possibly the worst snowstorm in the history of New York City, with up to three feet of snow in some parts of the Northeast. Almost 7,000 flights were cancelled, 30 million people were impacted.
Imagine how terrible this would all be if there actually was Climate Change...
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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