My Arizona-raised, thin-blooded son was convinced that he had no problem with cold weather when he departed for Amherst College several years ago. That, of course, was based on exposure to cold via a couple of ski trips. What he likely underestimated was the impact of cold that lasts for like 6 freaking months.
So it was with good-natured parental fondness for my child that I was LMAO when I read this:
Amherst, MA has coldest February in recorded history. or here if you hit a paywall.
The average temperature in Amherst in the past month was 11.2 degrees, the lowest average monthly temperature since records were first kept in town in 1835. It broke the previous record of 11.6 degrees set in 1934, according to Michael A. Rawlins, an assistant professor in the department of geosciences and manager of the Climate System Research Center at the University of Massachusetts.
As it turns out, I have made a climate presentation in Amherst so I actually have historic temperature charts. It is a good example of two things:
- While Amherst has been warming, it was warming as much or more before 1940 (or before the era of substantial CO2 emissions) as much as after
- Much of the recent warming has manifested as increases in daily minimum temperatures, rather in an increase in daily maximum temperatures. This is as predicted by warming models, but poorly communicated and understood. Possibly because fewer people would be bent out of shape if they knew that warming translated into warmer nights rather than higher highs in the daytime.