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Cold, anyway

Still bloody cold here. I did a search of “coldest April UK” and got a bunch of messy hits like “Britain shivers in coldest April day for 20 years” and “Third Coldest Start To April In The Past 110 Years” and “16th Coldest April Since 1697”. They’re all real, but wish I could find the tweet for that last one.

I didn’t know they kept temperature records in the 17thC. In fact, I didn’t know they could. The Wikipedia article on thermometers makes it sound as though they existed but weren’t common or standardized. I wonder if they’re reckoning the temperature based on something in nature.

Like the blooming date for this lovely branch of…some kind of thorn in our hedge. Hawthorn, maybe. May here is full of white. White hedges, white lambs.

White fingers and toes. Enough already.


Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: April 26, 2021, 8:26 pm

It has been a weird winter season here. Not much snow, relative to previous years. So little snow that the ‘wetlands’ behind the house were dry this year. 70 degrees in the afternoon last month melted what snow we did have on the ground.

Now it is cold again with temperatures in the low forties or less for an afternoon high with overnight temperatures below freezing and snow barely enough to cover the grass.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: April 26, 2021, 8:38 pm

The oldest records seem to be the Central England Temperature set, which starts in 1659.

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: April 26, 2021, 8:46 pm

Not much snow down here in east Central Florida this past winter!

Comment from p2
Time: April 26, 2021, 10:14 pm

Still have a foot and a half of snow in the back yard. At this rate it’ll be melted just in time to snow again.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: April 26, 2021, 10:40 pm

Here we’re just late planting gladiolas and the onions are about to bloom.

We’ve had perfect weather for a couple weeks. Couldn’t ask for better.

Nanny nanny boo boo!

Hey, I hear Harry was surprised the Royal family was a bit frosty to him. Pity, I thought he was brighter than that, there should have been ZERO surprise. Perhaps that accounts for you cold temperatures.

Comment from The Neon Madman
Time: April 26, 2021, 11:04 pm

I would have serious questions about the precision of any temperature measurements from more than 50 or so years ago.

I know a bit about measuring things. I’m suspiscious of anything quoted without details on the calibration/traceability and precision of measurements.

Comment from dissent
Time: April 27, 2021, 12:35 am

A week ago we had highs in the low 40s. Today it was about 80. Lows in the low 40s again by Friday.

Sounds like April.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: April 27, 2021, 2:05 am

Here in Sarasota County, this morning at 0700 it was a brisk and bracing 70°. I had to put on my fleece lined flip-flops.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: April 27, 2021, 9:04 am

@Neon Madman
While many of the world’s early history temperature records were lost when Mang’s Climate Record Yurt and Kumis Emporium caught fire during a mare’s milk boiling incident and the horsehide scrolls were significantly damaged; there was a hot (pardon the pun) backup site in Ulan Bator(trigger warning, name Anglicized). Using those scrolls, and that one tree on the Yamal Peninsula we have been able to completely document the dramatic and destructive result of cowboys in the old west driving Ford F150s during their cattle round ups after the American Civil War. Many of those cowboys were African Americans! So only a racist would question our data!

Oh, and furthermore, have been able to demonstrate how binge watching Netflix causes giant plumes of CO2 to fill the atmosphere, while noting the effects human forced Gerbil Warming has had on natural climate phenomenon we discovered only 15 minutes ago.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: April 27, 2021, 11:00 am

The Neon Madman – I quite agree. Then again, I’d probably rather take the word of a 17th century naturalist with a rudimentary thermometer and a head full of questions than of a 21st Century ideologue on a mission to ‘adjust’ the figures to conform to the teachings of his cult leaders.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: April 27, 2021, 12:50 pm

I throw this out for consideration and leave you each to determine its merit, if any.


I also recommend the site Watts Up With That. I would add a link but I know better. Akismet is watching…

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: April 27, 2021, 2:35 pm

Once again, people using Orwell’s 1984 as an operations manual.

If they lie to you, for your own good of course, it’s just good SCIENCE!
And they would never think to benefit from any of it, they’re just doing it to control protect you.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 27, 2021, 7:42 pm

Two excellent sites, Some Veg. Read them for years.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: April 28, 2021, 1:53 am


…binge watching Netflix causes giant plumes of CO2 to fill the atmosphere…

Methane, too.

Comment from BJM
Time: April 28, 2021, 5:29 pm

It’s a simple formula…they correlate the temps to how many tax dollars they need for their hairbrained schemes and protected classes/voters.

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