Thursday, January 19, 2012

Speaking of Alaskan temperatures...

What do you think is the primary driver of Alaskan temperatures?   Hint:  it ain't CO2.


  1. By being so obtuse you miss a valuable opportunity to help non-weather experts understand something that affects us all. Environment Canada chooses not to help educate the public about weather, and as a result the average person who wants to learn about the weather that affects them has to rely on radio announcers to interpret it for them. But then they add subjective interpretation to the forecast that is way out of line. To say "It's going to be very cold overnight" when the forecast low is -16 or average, or even a bit above, is not doing a service to the public. It's now common to hear "The temperature overnight will be -27 degrees with the wind chill" (often the reference to "wind chill" is omitted altogether), and in either case the actual forecast low is dropped. If you want to see a blank stare, try mentioning to someone that the wind chill value is simply an index. I think it's a worthy goal to help Canadians understand the weather a little better, and I look to knowledgeable people to help achieve that.

  2. Thank you for commenting. Unfortunately I don't have the time currently in my life to be un-obtuse in my explanations. Most of my small readership list are friends and colleagues with the very occasional passerby like yourself (thanks again). If my friends and colleagues wish a further explanation, they merely ask me in person. So most of the time, whether effusive or not in my explanation, my post goes out into the ether with no response to it.