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Unseasonable Weather, A Common Occurrence

AGW proponents seldom fail to point at episodes of unseasonable weather as evidence that the Earth’s climate is changing.

Trouble is, “unseasonable weather” has been with humanity for a long time. So long, in fact, people have had time to give names to metereological events deemed exceptional, yet recurring.

Here’s a list extracted from an article on The New York Times Magazine, November 5, 1933 (“Indian Summer: A Myth And A Fact, Too; What The Weather Men Have To Say About The Mild Period Of The Autumn“, by Charles Fitzhugh Talman):

Names for Unseasonable Warm Periods:

  • January Thaw (North America)
  • Indian Summer (North America, September to December)
  • Martinmas (Europe, November; around the days dedicated to Saints Luke, Martin, Michael, Bridget, Teresa, or Wenceslaus)
  • Altweibersummer (“Old Wives Summer”, Germany, November)
  • Halcyon Days (Ancient Greece, 14 days of calm weather around the Northern Hemisphere Winter solstice)

Names for Unseasonable Cold Periods:

  • Blossom Winters (eg Blackthorn Winter, Whitethorn Winter in England; Snowball, Redbud, Dogwood Winters in North America; cold periods during springtime, between April and May)
  • Ice Saints (Europe, May; cold days around the days dedicated to Saints Mamertus, Pancras, Servatius and Bonifacius May 11-14)
  • Schafkaelte (“Sheep Cold”, Germany, June; cold enough to cause problems with young lambs)
  • Squaw Winter (North America, September to November; cold and snow before the Indian Summer)
  • Beet Winter (France, September to November; freezing cold)

Names for Unseasonable Heavy Rains:

  • Lammas Floods (England, beginning of August)
  • Equinoctial Storms (Ancient Rome and Europe, both equinoxes; North America, Autumnal Equinox; torrential rains, in the latter case likely to be the tail-end of hurricanes)

I am sure there’s lots more in many more cultures. The “truth” simply is that “seasonable weather” is not cast in stone: and it never has been.

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  1. Douglas Hoyt
    2008/03/29 at 23:47

    Indian Summer – the weather is so good in winter that Indians go on the warpath.

    I have a list on unusual or extreme weather events sarting in 500 AD and going to the present. The list is more than 300 pages long. There were many extreme weather events in the past that were more extreme than anything seen in the last 100 years.

  2. 2008/03/28 at 13:19

    Another reoccuring weather feature is that march either comes in like a lion and out like a lamb, or in like a lamb and out like a lion. I am not sure if this qualifies for your list though. — John M Reynolds

  1. 2008/04/02 at 23:07

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