- Harbor Freight Tools plans to move ahead with Cape Girardeau store (12/5/17)2
- Feds ask judge to impose $6.5 million punishment for Cape surgeon (12/7/17)9
- Business Notebook: Yule Log Cabin gets home feel honestly (12/4/17)
- Former Wimpy's Drive-In owner Freeman Lewis dies (12/9/17)2
- Makeover at the movies: Transformation complete inside Cape theater (12/8/17)4
- Sugarfire Cape barbecue restaurant to open June 2018 (12/7/17)
- Rep. Lichtenegger proposes change to term limits (12/4/17)7
- Fire displaces family of seven (12/5/17)1
- Buffalo Wild Wings moving to new location in March (12/2/17)2
- Fruitland Army veteran spends weeks helping in ravaged Puerto Rico (12/5/17)2
Global weather patterns
RE: "Weird weather sets record high for Feb. 2, follows 5th warmest January"
When reporting on local weather weirdness, it's essential to avoid any mention of broader regional, national and planetary patterns. The fact that Southeast Missouri's winter has been several degrees warmer than usual is no reason for alarm. Nor should we be worried that in Massachusetts, the only significant blizzard this winter was in October, or that Yosemite National Park, normally blanketed, has remained essentially snow-free all winter, or that Texas' ongoing drought has completely dried up portions of the Colorado River. Australia's deepening flood crisis may have left thousands of people homeless, but that's over there, not over here.
While no single weather event can be unequivocally linked to global climate change (science simply doesn't work that way), climatologists have been telling us for years that the burgeoning greenhouse effect is going to disrupt weather patterns everywhere around the planet. Perhaps it's time to pay attention to them.
WARREN SENDERS, Medford, Mass.