Perhaps it seems silly to pose that question, what with icicles hanging from the gutters, but all in all it has been another relatively mild winter, following a 2012 that was the hottest ever recorded in the United States.
It's just that if a certain someone wanted to make a statement, well, 2012 was it, shattering the previous average temperature mark - in 1998 - by a virtually unheard of full degree, Fahrenheit. According to the National Climatic Data Center, we usually measure these things in fractions. Alas, 2012's thermometer came in at an average 55.3 degrees, 3 degrees higher than the norm for the 20th century. Super sunburn, Batman, that's toasty.
That has produced some complications. Like drought. The Mississippi River is so shallow in places barges may not be able to pass.
Like forest fires. Those with friends in Colorado Springs still remember the bumper-to-bumper photos from I-25 as residents fled their homes. Straight from the scrapbook of Hades, those were.
Like weather extremes of all shapes and sizes, with 11 natural disasters last year topping more than $1 billion in damages. "Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there ... ."
We on this side of the celestial equation can be a little slow on the uptake, but it does seem like a certain someone is trying to transmit a message, not that our receivers are necessarily on. Every age has its deniers, but even the most willful among them might be able to discern a pattern here, with the 10 warmest years on record all in the last 15 years. Work up a sweat just thinkin' about it.
If one might divine a message, does a certain someone want us going green? 2012 was practically biblical, is all we're sayin'.
— Journal Star of Peoria, Ill.