Maybe being housebound for the better part of a week by a record snowfall has sensitized me to snow stories in the news, but I couldn't help but notice some unusual snow stories. First we had Marseilles and Madrid covered in snow- not a few flakes, mind you, but airport-closing snow levels. Then the record snows here in the Midwest, followed by snow in The United Arab Emirates , and now Heaviest snow in 20 years brings large parts of Britain to a halt . I began to notice a theme to these stories.
How old was the snow record in the British Isles? Only twenty years. The record that was beaten here in Indianapolis? Only ten years old- and the one before that, in the late 60's. The snow in Jebel Jais, UAE? Well, it snows so seldom there that they have no word for snow; in fact this is only the second snowfall there in recorded history... the previous snow being in 2004! There's an old saying that once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, and three times, a pattern... and the pattern seems to be one for ever increasing snowfalls and ever decreasing winter temperatures.
Funny, that's not the pattern that Al Gore braved a snowstorm to testify to Congress about last week.