During the three blizzards the Washington DC region endured over this last winter (December 2009, Janaury 2010, Februray 2010 aka Snowmageddon), some folk took it upon themselves to mock the concept of global warming by making Al Gore ice sculptures , Al Gore igloos, and calling the white stuff that falls from the sky “Goreflakes“.
Now, Darrin Bell in his March 14, 2010 edition of his comic strip, Candorville, did a good job of mocking those mockers by pointing out that scientists have said that global warming would cause changes in climate and weather patterns – like harsher than normal blizzards.
However, mockery must make way for facts (dare I say it, cold hard facts).
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that this winter was the fifth warmest winter on record. With an average temperature of 54.9 (there’s your number for the day) degrees Fahrenheit, this winter was 1.08 degrees above average.
The state of Maine, NOAA reports, had its third warmest winter ever.
So to all those who enjoyed their Goreflakes and Gore igloos, I am reminded of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet as the Danish Prince looks upon the skull of his jester Yorick and wonders:
Where be your gibes now? your
gambols? your songs? your flashes of merriment,
that were wont to set the table on a roar? Not one
now, to mock your own grinning? quite chap-fallen?
Yes, Senator Inhofe, where be your gibes now?
Don’t you just hate it when facts get in the way of a good punchline? I know I do.