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In accordance with tradition, Gaia stomps her fans:

The St. Peter Food Co-op tried to be nice to Mother Earth, but she wasn’t nice back.

The group’s first Procession of the Species Earth Day parade had to be postponed after organizers were greeted with a coating of snow, high winds and temperatures hovering near freezing Saturday morning.

All over Minnesota – Lileksland, to blogfolk – conditions are abnormally frosty:

Places across the state saw a wide range of snowfall Saturday, on the final weekend of April.

To give you some perspective, on the same day last year, it was 85 and sunny.

One Minnesota newspaper is now inclined to scepticism:

Bemidji has again been buried in snow for the third weekend in what is supposed to be spring …

So this is global warming? From our own little corner of the globe, it’s a concept that of late is hard to grasp.

Concept-wise, the Australian warmther who last year screeched “What are you doing about global warming? There is no snow, there is no snow” may now deal with this:

A cold snap at the Anzac Day long weekend brought up to 25 centimetres of snow to Victoria’s alpine resorts and much-needed rain across the state.

With the official start of the ski season still five weeks away, Mount Hotham got the best of the winter-like weather, with its main runs covered in snow.

Posted by Tim B. on 04/27/2008 at 01:28 PM
    1. You know it’s global warming because of how cold it’s getting.  Didn’t any of you damn denialists listen to shouty boy?

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2008 04 27 at 01:52 PM • permalink

 

    1. The group’s first Procession of the Species Earth Day parade had to be postponed after organizers were greeted with a coating of snow, high winds and temperatures hovering near freezing Saturday morning.

      Glad they postponed the Procession of the Species. Otherwise they’d have had quite a clean-up job, hauling those frozen camels and toucans and saguaro cacti out of the street.

      Posted by paco on 2008 04 27 at 01:56 PM • permalink

 

    1. This weekend my child was in a school eco-play. The animals – who were wise and talkative and earth-friendly, of course, and had a solar-powered underground laboratory – warned the stupid humans that they must change their ways NOW, or the Earth will kill everyone with storms. We were encouraged to grow our own fuel and compost more and elect politicians who love the Earth, as opposed to today’s crop of ravening Gaia-rapers.  Then they sang a song about how every life is equal, from people to butterflies to lizards. This went over well with the audience, most of whom were the sort of people who think cartoonists should use compact florescent bulbs in thought-balloons to indicate an idea.

      To accompany the theme of imminent death and catastrophe, we were shown films of glaciers calving huge chunks into the oceans. Afterwards everyone put on their heavy coats and left, because it had snowed that afternoon and the windchill put the temps in the 20s.

      The earth is angry with us, eh? Feeling’s mutual, pal.

      Posted by Lileks on 2008 04 27 at 02:46 PM • permalink

 

    1. Solar powered UNDERGROUND laboratory?

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2008 04 27 at 03:06 PM • permalink

 

    1. Yesterday in Wisconsin my daughter had a soccer game (we won 6-4). Temperatures were in the 30’s with a gusting wind that left all of us shivering inside our winter coats. One parent also had a blanket wrapped around her, and we had to convince her NOT to run back to the car and keep watching her daughter play.

      Of course, we didn’t have any solomanic, underground-dwelling, rather smug, verbose animals explaining why we should be grateful that it wasn’t balmy in late April.

      Posted by Merlin on 2008 04 27 at 03:38 PM • permalink

 

    1. Great.  Just great.  I buy into this global warming thingy, well, because Saint Al is so sincere and all, and I go ahead and plant tomatoes and peppers and flowers in my deck containers, and there’s a friggin’ COLD FRONT COMING!!

      Mother Gaia is a bitch, and I’m not afraid to say so.  Although, now probably, a tornado will blow my house away.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2008 04 27 at 04:05 PM • permalink

 

    1. Solar powered UNDERGROUND laboratory?

      Glad to see that the envirotards are listening to me, after all those times I told ‘em to stick it where the sun don’t shine.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 04 27 at 04:30 PM • permalink

 

    1. Solar powered UNDERGROUND laboratory

      Nah, they’re thinking of Wronwright’s subterranean artifacts museum, with the Louis XIV Sun King throne.

      Posted by paco on 2008 04 27 at 05:47 PM • permalink

 

    1. The next idiot who talks about the effects of global warming on WA will bring three inches of snow down on the Hay St mall. With any luck.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 04 27 at 06:00 PM • permalink

 

    1. A Blairite article in the Toronto Sun

      Toronto is home to the losinest Ontario hockey team.

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 04 27 at 07:16 PM • permalink

 

    1. You know, somehow alpine skiing and Australia just do not occur, to me, as simultanious 🙂

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 04 27 at 07:19 PM • permalink

 

    1. Sorry, forgot the obligatory “I blame global warming”

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 04 27 at 07:20 PM • permalink

 

    1. #3 Lileks, remove your child immediately from that educational death star of a school.

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 04 27 at 07:22 PM • permalink

 

    1. #13 Actually, it was a PTA production, WC. My child’s teacher is, literally, old school; she teaches the kids Churchill quotes, sends home The Soldier’s Creed in their backpack, taught them why we fought WW 2, that sort of thing. Husband’s a police officer, son’s in the Army.

      Posted by Lileks on 2008 04 27 at 07:33 PM • permalink

 

    1. The TV weather last night mentioned almost as an afterthought that various places here in Victoria yesterday recorded their coldest April day on record.  Take that, Flannery!

      Posted by cuckoo on 2008 04 27 at 08:27 PM • permalink

 

    1. Yws I notice the headlines in the Sydney Morning Herald emphasising “extreme weather” and “unusual weather patterns”.

      See it’s cold but its global warming.

      Posted by Francis H on 2008 04 27 at 08:34 PM • permalink

 

    1. Warmers Re-Affirm their Faith:
      We Know We Are Not Fools
      We wear our winter coats all year,
      In summer we get frostbite,
      And in our hearts we start to fear
      The skeptics may be part right.

      But Warmers are a hardy breed,
      Our Faith will not be shaken;
      We cling like martyrs to our Creed,
      Which cannot be mistaken.

      If we allow ourselves to doubt,
      We’d find the emptiness too odd;
      Though we still pray Marx will work out,
      Only fools believe in God.

      Posted by lyle on 2008 04 27 at 09:03 PM • permalink

 

    1. Hmmmmm.

      But it’s a dry cold, so it doesn’t seem as hot.

      Frankly I think we’re going to see a LOT more cold weather over the next few decades.

      Global Warming?  Wishful thinking.

      Fuzzy animals with underground laboratories?  Really idiotic.

      Posted by memomachine on 2008 04 27 at 09:11 PM • permalink

 

    1. #11 Early Snowy Mountains settlers liked to ski.

      Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 04 27 at 09:27 PM • permalink

 

    1. Hmm, i would have thought that seeing as we are coming out of a La Nina event, we should have a poor ski season.  This is because winter should be wetter, thus less cold ground for the snow to stay on (Snow cover is always marginal in OZ). I would be cautious about any projections of the 2008 ski season made by snow field operators.  At this time of the year, they will always forecast an excellent season.

      Posted by entropy on 2008 04 27 at 10:30 PM • permalink

 

    1. #17 Lyle, some warmenists might try to manufacture a reversal ditty on you, but it may not have teh same ring to it:

      Skeptics Re-Affirm their Faith:
      We Know We Are Not Fools

      We wear our boardies at the beach all year,
      In winter we get a tan,
      And in our hearts we start to hope
      The Goracle may be part right……..

      Posted by entropy on 2008 04 27 at 10:34 PM • permalink

 

    1. #21 Entropy

      Not As Easy As It Looks

      I am not adverse
      To unmetered verse
      But writing that stuff
      Is not tough enough.

      There will come a time
      When mine will not rhyme;
      That’s hardly a crime,
      But it’s awkward.

      Posted by lyle on 2008 04 27 at 11:22 PM • permalink

 

    1. More climate change in central western NSW.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 04 27 at 11:59 PM • permalink

 

    1. #11 WC; This is what I imagine seeing Australia and skiing together.

      Posted by dean martin on 2008 04 28 at 04:39 AM • permalink

 

    1. #22
      Well played Sir!

      Posted by lotocoti on 2008 04 28 at 05:31 AM • permalink

 

    1. Australian snow skeptics?? Whatever next? We have an entire mountain range sensibly and descriptively named The Snowy Mountains. Lots of place names were named by sensible settlers in times of yore: the Blue Mountains were named because of their blue tinge due to the eucalyptus oil in the air over them. The Great Sandy Desert has a lot of sand. There’s just one place name that’s always bothered me: Blackbutt

      Posted by AlburyShifton on 2008 04 28 at 05:56 AM • permalink

 

    1. I have to admit I’ve been alive and breathing for some decades, and during that time I’ve observed that the weather is quite variable. It’s sometimes extreme, and that can be fun too, if it’s not drowning you or, in some other way, too brutish.
      They’ll have to come up with something scarier than “coldest & snowiest day in 50 years” to get me interested in doomsday scenarios.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2008 04 28 at 07:48 AM • permalink

 

    1. #14 Tell your child’s teacher, “God bless.”

      Posted by Deborah Leigh on 2008 04 28 at 12:28 PM • permalink

 

    1. #3 The plethora of anti-humanity propoganda is invasive in every part of our lives. There was a recent program on History or Discovery Channel based on what the Earth would be like without humans. I’m surprised that you haven’t pulled your child from that school (regardless of great teacher), not to mention letting your child participate in the play.

      Posted by Deborah Leigh on 2008 04 28 at 12:40 PM • permalink

 

    1. #8 paco –

      Nah, they’re thinking of Wronwright’s subterranean artifacts museum, with the Louis XIV Sun King throne.

      Aaaiieeee!

      paco, ix-nay on the, you know, hrone-tay.  Little pitchers have big ears.  Especially little pitchers that belong to the Vast Rightwing Conspiracy.

      Posted by wronwright on 2008 04 28 at 02:36 PM • permalink

 

  1. My daughter’s PTA (actually PTO, I have no idea what happened to the PTA, maybe the PTO snuffed them out) put on a play.  Aladdin.  None of that ecological conscience building shit here in Ohio, nosirrebob.

    There were 8 parts.  That was expanded to 55.  My daughter tried out for Jasmine, but unfortunately she lost out to the play director’s daughter in a totally unbiased decision.

    She did get the plum role of “basket”.  Never a prettier and well acted basket there ever was, I must say.

    Posted by wronwright on 2008 04 28 at 02:47 PM • permalink