January 12, 2008
The Weekly Vice) - Snow fell in Baghdad for the first time in about 100 years according to Iraqi weather experts.
"Snow has fallen in Baghdad for the first time in a century as a result of two air flows meeting." according to a statement published by the Baghdad meteorology department. "The First one was cold and dry, and the second one was warm and humid. They met above Iraq."
The brief snow, which disappeared just as soon as it touched ground, fell from early morning hours until about 9:00 am. Morning temperatures held to around freezing until about the same time. The Baghdad Airport was closed due to visibility concerns.
The scene provided jubilation among Iraqis, many of which had never seen snowfall besides in movies. Some Iraqis considered it a sign of hope while others took to the streets to experience a first snowfall witnessed in their lifetime.
While local residents usually awoke to sounds of occasional shelling, the morning snowfall brought a brief reprieve of them, as Iraqis celebrated the rare event.
The Weekly Vice Reaction:
It seems as though global warming has been blamed for just about every conceivable blip in our weather patterns. Every tornado, hurricane, forest fire and earthquake seems to have been converted into advertisements for global warming enthusiasts who want to make sure you feel guilty for using that 2nd square of toilet paper.
During a particularly eventful year of hurricanes, we are bombarded with threats that our shores will be increasingly terrorized by storms as the world spins out of of control. It always strikes me as humorous when the next two years are virtually free of hurricane activity, despite the repeated threats of impending doom.
Environmentalists often push the issue hardest during the summer months, hoping to press their case when it's hot outside - so their message is more likely to stick (pun intended). Winter has usually been a nice reprieve from the war drums of impending doom, as the message looses steam (pun intended again) when folks are chiseling ice off of their windshields.
Would environmentalists be brash enough - or desperate enough - to suggest that freezing temperatures and snowfall at one of the hottest places on earth is proof of global warming? Well they are now.
Now you can truly take comfort in knowing that every weather pattern or instance of nature (including freezing temperatures) is now considered iron clad proof that our world is about to explode into a fireball.
The Weekly Vice is of the opinion that caring for our environment is a responsibility that everyone can share a part in. But taking the issue to such an extreme level that even a historic snowfall in the desert can no longer be enjoyed, will only hurt the effort.
Blustering hysteria every time anything happens (even a snowfall) will do nothing for the cause but wear people out on the issue and diminish it's credibility to folks who might otherwise be receptive to the message.
The Weekly Vice has stated before and continues to suggest that politicising global warming has bled the goodwill out of the effort and replaced it with political rancor. In times like these, it would be nice if the talking heads could put a sock in it and let the rest of us just enjoy the miracle of snow in the desert. It may be another 100 years before global warming allows us to enjoy it again.
Here is the news service who couldn't leave well enough alone!