My wife really enjoys warm weather and she always exudes a level of jealousy when I travel on business to states such as California or Arizona. During one of my recent trips to Northern California, I mentioned to my wife that the weather forecasts appeared to show that it was warmer in Ohio… Interestingly, I recently discovered that the Ohio weather in January 2006 was the second warmest in the last 125 years!
These days it’s difficult to even have a discussion about the weather without having it devolve into a political debate. Thus, there are those who would immediately warn me that the warm Ohio weather is the result of our thoughtless consumption of energy and creation of greenhouse gases. Meanwhile, there are authors such as Michael Crichton whose latest book, State of Fear, clearly shows that our influence on the weather is heavily overstated.