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Monday, December 18, 2006

Vermont YouTube of the Day

White Christmas? Doubtful at this point, it seems.

December 18, 2006 at 11:35 AM in Vermont YouTube | Permalink

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The video is funny, but it's also ominous. This week's weather really gives me a sinking, going-to-hell-in-a-handbasket feeling about global warming.

On a brighter, or perhaps cheesier, note:
Some friends and I watched the original Irving Berlin/Bing Crosby White Christmas movie last night. I'd never seen it before, and hadn't known it was set in Vermont — as one of my co-viewers put it, "the mythical ur-Vermont of the 1940s." I mean, there's a village called "Pine Tree," for cryin' out loud.

It's not like I recognized any locations — almost all of the film was shot on a sound stage — but it's somewhat reassuring to know that even back in 1954, snowless VT Decembers weren't unheard of. Now if only it were colder than 53 degrees. . .

Posted by: Meghan Dewald | Dec 18, 2006 4:22:56 PM

Speaking of the weather, a video of a weather forecast for Burlington (VT) is available online here [via The Weather Channel].

Posted by: mwb | Dec 18, 2006 5:26:00 PM

Remember that global warming and a few unusually warms days in VT don't necessarily have a causal relationship. Weather is a chaotic system, meaning it's literally impossible to draw accurate parllels like that. Global warming is happening *and* there have been some warm days in VT recently. The two may be connected in some long, chaotic chain, or may not be. Remember that while VT was having its days in the 50s, parts of Colorado were experiencing record lows (-20 in places). Talk to those folks about global warming!

Bear in mind that as catastrophic as global warming might be, we're talking about a rise of a few degrees on yearly average over the whole globe.

There have always been weirdly warm and weirdly cold temperatures on various days throughout the year, especially in Vermont (ask Alfred Hitchcock, who refused to ever return to the state after unpredictable weather nearly ruined The Trouble With Harry shoot in the 1960s). It would be statistically weirder if every day was just what you'd expect given the season.

I know this isn't earth-shattering news, but I've heard SO MANY references to "global warming" related to this warm spell lately that I had to say something here. Perhaps I'll make it a blog post...

Cool video.

Posted by: Bill Simmon | Dec 18, 2006 10:30:10 PM

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