2018 starts with record cold in parts of the Midwest

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  • worf McAllen, TX
    Jan. 2, 2018 9:43 p.m.

    Record setting temperatures?

    I live in near Minot, North Dakota from 1968-70 when it was much colder.

    This is not record cold!

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 2, 2018 8:09 p.m.

    @Thid Barker
    It's easy to believe the Earth is getting warmer when you look at the global anomaly charts for temperature this past week and see more warm colors (above average) than cool colors (below average). There's a bright blue/purple blotch over the Eastern US and parts of Canada, and many more areas in the world with bright orange/red. Globally the four warmest years are 2016, 2015, 2017 (most likely, it's not yet official), and 2014. Why would I let a cold wave out east make me reject what the current data and decades of data overwhelmingly point to?

  • Nate Pleasant Grove, UT
    Jan. 2, 2018 7:51 a.m.

    Grateful today for the layer of greenhouse gases that makes life on this earth possible.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    Jan. 2, 2018 7:23 a.m.

    "Frozen Fractals": What a great name for the current climate conditions! When everything is frozen, its hard to believe everything is getting warmer, isn't it?

  • worf McAllen, TX
    Jan. 1, 2018 11:46 p.m.

    Some low information folks start panicking when the weather changes. It always has.

    What a wonderful way for politicians to gain power.

    Ignorance will always precede socialism.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 1, 2018 8:15 p.m.

    @Thid Barker
    "However, the people enduring record cold right now are probably not buying global warming! Would you? By the way, its -3 here right now!"

    I'm out east on vacation and it's cold outside and I buy global warming because these cold temperatures are going into the same datasets that show a clear warming trend with 2017 likely finishing as the third warmest year behind 2016 and 2015.

    Why would anyone think cold days and record lows can't occur with the Earth warming about 2F the past century? They'd just become less common and record highs more common. A good example of that is the 19 record highs and 0 record lows SLC set in 2017.

  • What in Tucket Provo, UT
    Jan. 1, 2018 8:11 p.m.

    It is unfortunate that we indeed cannot control our temperature. It would be nice if increasing CO2 actually raised the ambient temperature. Global warming is better than cooling. Looks like cooling is winning this year.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    Jan. 1, 2018 12:07 p.m.

    Hutterite: Lots of people are telling us we can control our climate! That's why Obama us got into the ridiculous Paris climate accord! However, the people enduring record cold right now are probably not buying global warming! Would you? By the way, its -3 here right now!

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Jan. 1, 2018 11:52 a.m.

    No one's telling us we can control our climate. We can, however, affect it. Especially in terms of chemistry.
    And the evidence suggests we are affecting it, in a negative way. We should take steps to mitigate this.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    Jan. 1, 2018 11:01 a.m.

    What are we learning from this? We are reminded, again, that our climate is not simple predictable physics and chemistry, rather a highly complex combination/interaction/superposition of solar physics, orbital mechanics, chemistry, meteorology, geology and oceanography that, at best, we still only partially understand and changes constantly with every variable! We have also learned that anyone who tells us we can control our climate is naive and probably wrong!