I haven’t always done this. No, I used to view the weather as every other Southern Californian did, as one of the pleasant fringe benefits of signing over your life and soul in order to afford an overpriced slice of cramped West Coast living.
Now that I’m officially a Kansan, the weather (read that as “tornadoes”) has become much more central to my daily life. I have the National Weather Services Storm Watch map bookmarked on my browser’s links toolbar, just so I can find it easily. I have a desktop widget that tells me the current conditions, the day’s forecast, and what I can expect for tomorrow as well. Accuweather.com never really leaves my browser history.
Because of this, I recently discovered a wonderfully amusing little tidbit called “Global Warming My Foot!” posted by Steve Penstone, the accuweather.com News Director, regarding the cancellation of an expedition to the North Pole.
Now, I’m sure expeditions to the North Pole get canceled all the time and never make the news, but this one did, largely because of the nature and purpose of the expedition.
You see, it was an expedition that was meant to call attention to the problems of global warming. And, you see, it was called off because of the extremely cold weather.
That’s right: the attempt to highlight global warming didn’t happen because it was too cold.