- Sikeston singer moves on with 'The Voice' (10/16/17)
- Past Rowdy the Redhawk mascot's identity revealed (10/15/17)
- College algebra to be removed from Southeast required curriculum (10/10/17)1
- Cancer will 'change your life, but it doesn't have to rule it' (10/8/17)
- Police chief, council: Cape Girardeau faces growing gun violence (10/17/17)4
- Developer asks court to OK tax district board for improvements near Hobby Lobby (10/17/17)4
- Bills addressing equal child custody to be filed, legislators say (10/13/17)
- Cape Christian School burglarized (10/18/17)
- The last person to be laid to rest at Old Lorimier Cemetery: Mary Russell Fox (10/17/17)2
- Load shift kills Jackson trucker (10/17/17)
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.