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Spring Forward! The Brick TeeVee Crew had yet another tumultuous week as Cleveland shivers through coldest February on record Cleveland-area residents can say they survived the coldest February in recorded weather history and the second-coldest month ever. Northeast Ohio Media Group ( ) reports that Cleveland set records for the average daily low temperature in February at 5.2 degrees and the lowest average daily high temperature at 23.4 degrees. The average daily temperature overall in Cleveland was more than 16 degrees below normal. Weather records date back to 1871. Cleveland also set a record for the most days with temperatures below zero at 10, including a record minus 9 degrees on Saturday. The coldest day of the month was minus 17 on Feb. 20. Meanwhile on the other side of the continent February heat wave sets more Alaska temperature records and Joe Romm reports at the ClimateProgress blog In January, U.S. Saw Vastly More Daily Warm Records Than Cold Records. February, Too. The U.S. had the 24th warmest January in the 1895-2015 temperature record, NOAA reported this week. And we saw four times as many daily warm temperature records as daily cold records. Globally it was the second-hottest January on record. Yes, those of us on the East Coast were cold, but the West Coast was sizzling, as seen in the chart above. NOAA explains that seven Western states — California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming — “had a top 10 warm January.” But while “parts of the Southern Plains and Northeast were cooler than average… no state had a top 10 cool January.” A new 2015 study links this bifurcated weather pattern to climate change (see below). Global warming of 1°F since 1950 doesn’t mean the end of winter or the end of record daily low temperatures. It’s still going to be much, much colder on average in January than July — and one of the most iconic indicators of winter for many Americans, northeastern blizzards, is actually going to get worse for the foreseeable future, as climatologists have long explained. As for daily temperature fluctuations, they are so large at the local level that we will be seeing daily cold records — lowest daily minimum temperature and lowest daily maximum temperature — for a long, long time. That’s why climatologists prefer to look at the statistical aggregation across the country over an extended period of time, since it gets us beyond the oft-repeated point that you can’t pin any one single, local temperature record on global warming......................... Interestingly, NOAA also reports the hot and cold records for the month of February through the 18th. It is more than 4800 to 1500, over 3 to 1. Again, cool East Coast, hot West Coast. As you may recall, in spring 2014, a NASA-funded study directly connected both the cool east and hot west to the same weather “dipole” pattern — and then connected that dipole pattern to global warming pollution. The news release for that study explained that the research provides “evidence connecting the amplified wind patterns, consisting of a strong high pressure in the West and a deep low pressure in the East [labeled a ‘dipole’], to global warming.” Researchers have “uncovered evidence that can trace the amplification of the dipole to human influences.” (In September, NSF-funded research also found that the Western high pressure ridge was “very likely linked to human-caused climate change.” ...........) Do read on and see all the pertinent graphs Joe Romm gathered! YOIKES! And once again most of us in the U.S. will be turning our clocks AHEAD by one hour. To find out about the history of DST go read Daylight Saving Time gives us the opportunity to enjoy sunny summer evenings by moving our clocks an hour forward in the spring. Yet, the implementation of Daylight Saving Time has been fraught with controversy since Benjamin Franklin conceived of the idea. Even today, regions and countries routinely change their approaches to Daylight Saving Time. Here, you can learn about the history of daylight saving (or as some may say, daylight shifting), the standardization of time, and when regions around the globe spring ahead and fall back. Enjoy! We have a radical idea: let's split the diff and move the clocks 30 minutes ONE TIME and BE DONE with this ridiculous one-hour twice-a-year time change nonsense! WOW! Look at the time! It's 2 o'clock — er, um 3 o'clock! Funny thing is many colleges are having Spring Break while it's officially still WINTER (Spring Equinox isn't until March 20, at 22:45 UTC). When colleges were on the Quarter System there was a very defined End of Winter Quarter, Spring Break, and Spring Quarter. Now that most colleges have adopted the Semester System the calendar for the traditional Spring Break is all over the map! (Confusingly there are THREE semesters when including Summer "Semester" so the definition and word origin of "semester" 1827, from German Semester "half-year course in a university," from Latin semestris, in cursus semestris "course of six months," from semestris, semenstris "of six months, lasting six months, half-yearly, semi-annual," from sex "six" (see six) + mensis "month" (see moon (n.) is turned on its head!) We'll be making the trek to OU on Sunday to take Da Kid back from his "Spring" Break. So we're "saving time" for our Stories of The Week until next week. Nevertheless we've posted the guest lists for this week's Sunday Funnies for your brick-throwing enjoyment below! And be sure to visit all our regulars!
And put some coin in their tip jars while yer there! These important news outlets cannot function without OUR support, especially Free Speech TV home of Democracy NOW! Be sure to watch/listen/read great interviews with world-renowned political dissident, linguist, author & professor emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology NOAM CHOMSKY and MICHELLE ALEXANDER, author of The New Jim Crow, an absolute MUST-READ! Sam Seder was also LIVE in D.C. for the Supreme Court hearing on the challenge to the Affordable Care Act from the Families USA Conference 2015 Radio Row held across the street from the SCOTUS. We're certain you will find something that makes you instantly smarter! Haha! Warm up your brick-throwing arm because you WILL find MANY brick targets on the Sunday Beltway Bubalas Talkies too! And don't forget to click on stories featured on our side-bar! Fabulous! We'll see you next Sunday with more stuff! Thanks for tuning in to Brick TeeVee!
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