Monday, December 04, 2006

Netherlands not this warm since 1706!

Expatica reports that Dutch meteorological service KNMI says 2006 saw the warmest autumn on record in 300 years. The main culprit, of course, is (cue scary music) global warming!

Now, I think it's foolish to believe that six and a half billion people farting, belching and burning fossil fuels has no impact on the earth's climate, but every damn time there's a blip in normal weather patterns, someone trots out the global warming bogeyman. But that's not what really bugged me about this article.

The Dutch weather nerds are claiming that it hasn't been this warm in Holland since 1706, and they're expecting us to take that claim at face value. Aside from some Dutch writer of 1706 writing in a journal "Holy's really warm today!", how in the hell do they know for certain what the temperatures actually were in 1706?

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