Freakish Winter Warmth: It’s NOT Not Global Warming – commentary

Published on Monday, December 21, 2015 by Common Dreams

Freakish Winter Warmth: It’s NOT Not Global Warming

Photo: Children walk down Sixth Avenue wearing t-shirts thanks to 60 degree weather on Dec. 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo: Andrew Burton—Getty Images)

Let’s talk about December 2015. In the interests of brevity—and so you can get away from this screen and outside where the weather, odds have it, is probably flipping gorgeous right now—I’d like to step through a brief montage of recent examples from around the nuzzlingly warm eastern U.S. and get to the point:

This warmth is due to several things, including global warming.

Some recent coverage has muddied this point, so let’s help with the clean-up.  

Freakish warmth: t-shirts first, questions later

People are golfing and mowing lawns in Wisconsin. They’re gawking atcherry blossoms in Philly and D.C. My family recently played touch football in t-shirts on a field dotted with dandelions.

Day after day, popular outdoor spots in Northeast cities are transformed into a sea of naked arms, hatless heads, and the occasional bare chest, even as Christmas festoonery blinks incongruously nearby.

Read more:  http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/12/21/freakish-winter-warmth-its-not-not-global-warming

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