The only thing we can be sure of about the future is that it will be absolutely fantastic. So if what I say now seems to you to be very reasonable, then I have failed completely. Only if what I tell you appears absolutely unbelievable, have we any chance of visualizing the future as it really will happen.

- Arthur C. Clarke (h/t Brin)

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Hottest Month Ever in Austin TX

Other than the fact that your humble author lived through it, the fact that the calendar month just concluded was the warmest ever recorded in Austin TX (and that is pretty warm) is perhaps not a matter of great concern for readers of this blog.


Certainly it only provides a small iota of evidence in support of global warming. After all, Austin is not the globe. Even Texas itself is small compared to the world, believe it or not,

However, it ought to be a matter of concern for readers of ClimateDepot who are constantly fed a stream of information about anomalous cold events some of them from previous years. Surely, an unusual heat record ought to be of equal interest in establishing a balanced view of climate, right?

Right?

Update: Same deal, hottest month on record, for both Houston and College Station:
THE AVERAGE JULY TEMPERATURE AT COLLEGE STATION AND HOUSTON HOBBY
AIRPORT ARE NOW THE WARMEST AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURES EVER
RECORDED FOR ANY MONTH AT ANY TIME. IN OTHER WORDS...THERE HAS NOT
BEEN A MONTH WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE THAT WAS WARMER THAN WHAT
JUST OCCURRED AT EITHER COLLEGE STATION OR HOUSTON HOBBY.
(PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX 1018 AM CDT SAT AUG 1 2009)


4 comments:

John Mashey said...

Humor on:
But Viscount Monckton spoke at TAMU a few months ago and said there is no problem. See #413 in RC discussion for my comparison of Scotland and Texas. The Viscount was well beloved of Dash Riprock III, aka Mark Gillar, as per Deltoid discussion. I urged Mark to attend TAMU cliamte conference, and actually talk to real climate scientsts, so he might update Hooterville Gazette, but this appears not to have happened.

Humor off

More seriously, if such events become more frequent, it sure seems to me a big chunk of Texas is in for water problems of one sort or another.

Other than Texas climate scientists, is anyone else worried?

thingsbreak said...

I keep meaning to bring this up (and maybe already did some time ago and have forgotten), in light of JM and MT mentioning Texas and water- but what's the local take on the allegation that Pickens's wind power corridor was essentially an attempted workaround for his thwarted plan to pipe water to D/FW from the Ogalla aquifer? E.g. here.

Is this just tinfoil?

climatesight said...

Sorry - this is kind of off topic - but do you have an RSS feed? I'm trying to add you to my feed reader and I can't find a link to the feed.

Michael Tobis said...

Because I moved from an old design and have been adding stuff, my layout is a bit fragile, until I make the leap from Blogger to my own service. So so far I have failed to get a pretty RSS widget working; I haven't tried especially hard though.

The feed address is http://initforthegold.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss