Obviously I've forgotten a lot of my elementary school geography, because I don't think of Japan as being this snowy. Sure, I remember seeing a few pictures of snow-capped mountains from time to time (Mt. Fuji is it?), but from my comfortable distance I have come to picture Japan as being a very-large-islandish, coastal, fish-eating, long-lived sort of country. A nice country. Nice people. But not a winter wonderland.
But apparently this is record snowfall in Japan.
It must be that global warming we've been hearing all about. Or maybe they should call it global freezing?
Yes, I know, the global warming believers have an explanation for such things. It gets hotter -- evidence of global warming. Hurricanes? -- global warming did it. It rains? -- evidence of global warming. Drought -- you guessed it. Record snowfall -- ditto. Snow melts -- more evidence of global warming. Quiet, peaceful summer night with only the crickets chirping -- evidence of global warming. OK, I made that last one up. But anything even remotely out of the ordinary, weather-wise on any given day -- global warming.
But how shall we describe this phenomenon, since obviously things are not warming up in Japan at the moment?
I've got it. The world is experiencing semi-global warming. As well as semi-global cooling.
So on average, everything is just perfect.
In my expert opinion, of course.
Hey, prove me wrong.
We'll just check back in a few thousand years and see who had a better grasp of the global weather situation.
Another interesting read on the science, or perhaps the lack thereof, underlying the alarm over global warming is available in the February 2005 archives at Wizbang.