The fine people at Weather.com tell me (and anyone else with a computer) that there’s a 50-percent chance of rain and/or snow today in Sioux Falls.
It’s April 23. Oy.
I don’t know the exact numbers, but we’ve gotten a bunch of snow this month – too much. Yet on Saturday it’s going to be 73 degrees. What the what?
There’s an old saying in the Dakotas: If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute; it’ll change. But this is ridiculous.
Al Gore has given us permission to blame global warming, although I once met a real weather scientist (?) and he called it “a climate change.” That seems more accurate because not all of the moves are for the warmer.
I read something recently in the Argus Leader (I’d give you link, but there’s a paywall) that claimed Sioux Falls will have the climate of Kansas by 2050. I’d be OK with that if it means relative predictability.
Yes, I understand that the apparent rise in volatility is probably a symptom of global warming. But that doesn’t mean we have to like it, that we shouldn’t be allowed to complain like spoiled children when the weather stinks more than it’s supposed to.
It’s like getting an extra responsibility at work when you’re already swamped. Can you find a way to get it done? Sure. But that straw breaks the camels back, sending you into a protestant rage … before you take care of the task. Because you’re a pro.
We hearty Dakotans can tolerate 274 days of crap weather. But 275? Sends us over the edge. It’s all we talk – or Tweet – about. Inevitably, somebody will say that extra snow is better than extra heat. That person – in addition to being dead wrong – will get crushed by dissenters. Because the only thing people enjoy more than griping about the weather is griping about people who gripe about the weather.
To be fair, this wacky spring weather has real consequences ranging from devastating (iced-over trees falling on homes) to annoying (time to break out the snowblower again). More than that, it’s depressing to everyone except Arctic Cat enthusiasts.
Life is short and spring/summer is even shorter in this part of the world. Mother Nature is robbing us of our youth. Maybe we’re contributing by polluting, but let’s not muddy the waters with facts – this is bunk and we’re not going to stand for it. Maybe we’ll enlist Reddit to conduct an investigation or start a social-media movement like the one for the anchorman who opened a show with consecutive curses.
Enough is enough.