Saturday, August 04, 2007

Record high temperatures for August

I will post my next Creationism response Monday or early Tuesday morning.

Then, I plan to answer the response about Iraq. I am again sorry for the change in plans. Plans, in reality, often are altered for one reason or another. “The best laid plans … often go astray.” Thank you for your understanding and patience.

How many unborn toddlers were murdered today because of the humanistic, paganish, barbaric decisions of the United States Supreme Court?

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“Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” James 4: 17 (NIV)

Last month on July 6th, I posted for the first time on my blog the record high temperature for Peoria, Illinois for each day of the month of July with the year the record occurred. I began the post with this paragraph:

Anyone ever ask you, “Hot enough for you?” It seems like I hear that every summer. I was at a funeral recently. I can’t remember the age of the person but I think she was around 90 years of age. One of the individuals who talked about her life mentioned that she often talked about how hot it was in 1936. 1936? But global warming is a new phenomenon! How could it be hot in 1936?

Since July just concluded, I thought I would once again post the record highs for the month of August. First however, a reminder of some of the information posted about the record highs for July.

01) The high temperature for every day in July was 100° or more.
02) There were 12 straight days of record high temperatures in 1936.
03) 13 of the record highs for July occurred in 1936.
04) There were 6 other days in July where record highs were recorded in the 1930’s.
05) The most recent record high in July occurred in 1988 at 102° on July 31st.

What were the temperature results for July in Peoria in 2007? No record highs were broken or tied. In fact, the average temperature for July was -1.2° less than the average temperature for the month. (Peoria Journal Star, August 1, 2007, page B6) We have been fluctuating with a higher than average month and then a lower than average month in relation to average temperature. For the year, the average temperature is +1.5° above average.

So far the temperatures for August have been higher than normal but not close to the record highs. The high temperature for each day has been in the low 90’s and that is predicted to continue for the next couple of days. If the pattern continues, this month should be warmer than average.

However, even predictions a few days in advance of the day have occasionally been wrong. For example on July 29, 2007, page B8 the Peoria Journal Star printed the “Central Illinois 5-Day Forecast by Accu Weather®.” The prediction was that on August 1, 2007 (four days away) the high temperature would be 98°. The actual high temperature on the 1st as recorded by the Peoria Journal Star was 92°. (August 2, 2007, page B6) That is a difference of 6° that was predicted only four days previously. As I’ve said before, if the weather can not be accurately predicted a few days in advance, how in the world can people actually expect that they can accurately predict the climate 50 years in advance?

This was interesting to me and was also published in the Peoria Journal Star. It was from a weekly featured article that is done in a question and answer format. The question was “What’s it take for a cavalry regiment to capture an entire fleet of ships at sea? Without firing a shot, one might add.” (July 26, 2007, page C10)

The answer, in part, was “It was during the Napoleonic Wars of the late 18th century, when the bitter cold of the Little Ice Age (1500-1850) made military movements difficult.” (July 26, 2007, page C10) Did this article just refer to a period in world history that was so much colder than average that it became known as the “Little Ice Age?” Did that period of history last for 350 years? Did that period end less than 200 years ago? Do you think the people during that time period were talking about global warming? Do you think the people of that time were talking about global cooling and what caused it and what could be done to prevent it? Was this cold period a man caused event? Just wondering!

Here are the August record high temperatures for Peoria.

The Peoria Journal Star on July 1, 2007, page S4 published “The Weather Month by Month.” According to the Peoria Journal Star, here are the record highs for Peoria for the month of August with the year of that record high.

“August 1……. 101 ……. 1988
>August 2……. 101 ……. 1947
>August 3……. 104 ……. 1887
>August 4……. 102 ……. 1930
>August 5……. 104 ……. 1918
>August 6……. 100 ……. 1947
>August 7……. 098 ……. 1918
>August 8……. 101 ……. 1913
>August 9……. 104 ……. 1936*
August 10……. 103 ……. 1887
August 11……. 101 ……. 1941
August 12……. 099 ……. 1918
August 13……. 104 ……. 1936*
August 14……. 099 ……. 1936*
August 15……. 102 ……. 1988
August 16……. 102 ……. 1988
August 17……. 103 ……. 1988
August 18……. 106 ……. 1936*
August 19……. 100 ……. 1983
August 20……. 102 ……. 1983
August 21……. 099 ……. 1983
August 22……. 102 ……. 1936*
August 23……. 101 ……. 1947
August 24……. 102 ……. 1936*
August 25……. 099 ……. 1936*
August 26……. 098 ……. 2003
August 27……. 098 ……. 1899
August 28……. 096 ……. 1899
August 29……. 096 ……. 1984
August 30……. 098 ……. 1945
August 31……. 096 ……. 2000”

August did not have the remarkably high number of record highs that the 1930’s and 1936 specifically had in July. However, there were still 7 dates in August 1936 that were record highs. The closest other year (if I checked correctly) was 4 in 1988. There was also another record high in 1930 giving a total of 8 for the decade. I would think that back in 1936 many of the people were complaining about how hot it was. I doubt however if they talked of global warming.

There were 2 dates in the 2000’s where a record high was set. 2003 had a record high of 98° and 2000 had a record high of 96°. It looks like global warming has finally overtaken the hot summer of 1936. What do you think?

Not every day of the month had a record high of 100° or more. 11 days were under 100°— ranging from 96 to 99°. August is not as hot as July in relation to record high temperatures.

So, what does all this prove? Maybe not much. Maybe, that it takes more than one month or more than one decade standing alone to scientifically establish a concept that may have tremendous impact on our world. One thing is certain. 1936 was still a hot month for a significant number of days and the world didn’t come to an end as we know it.

As I’ve said before, no human can accurately predict what the weather is going to be like 50 years from today. We have difficulty predicting with 100% accuracy what the weather is going to be like seven days from now. This I do know. If GOD wants global warming as predicted by the “Al Gore gang” to occur, there is NOTHING man can do to stop it. If GOD doesn’t want global warming to occur, it won’t no matter what man does. Of course, God could always let man proceed as they choose without HIS hand in it either way. I don’t know what will occur 50 years from now and NEITHER DOES any other human on this planet!

This I also know. If I were living a life of SIN, I’d be more concerned about what GOD will do today and tomorrow or what will happen after my death than what is going to occur in another 50 years!!!

“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” Galatians 6: 7-8 (NIV)


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