Baby, It’s Very Cold Outside! And Pseudo-Science Has a Ready Explanation


In response to the current spell of frigid weather, the new services have pulled out the usual graphics intended to make us shiver even when we are snug inside our warm homes:

Best Frigid Weather Graphic [2]

Best Frigid Weather Graphic [3]

But the most original and most chilling frigid-weather graphic that I have seen comes from the Takoma Park Patch in Maryland:

Best Frigid Weather Graphic [1]

To put the frigid weather in perspective, I was going to include some photos of the recent blizzard and subsequent flooding in Buffalo, but I came across these photos of the historic 1977 blizzard in Buffalo:

Buffalo Blizzard 1977 [1]

Buffalo Blizzard 1977 [3]

Buffalo Blizzard 1977 [4]

Buffalo Blizzard 1977 [5]

Buffalo Blizzard 1977 [6]

Photos such as these should help us to view the current frigid weather from some less immediate and more reasonable perspective.

But, at the other extreme, the Far-Right media source Newsmax is distributing the following item, which is clearly intended to be anything but reassuring:

“This winter with record-breaking, freezing weather hitting states like Ohio, you may be wondering what happened…

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About martinkich

I am a Professor of English at Wright State University's Lake Campus, where I have been a faculty member for more than 25 years. I have now served multiple terms as the President of the WSU chapter of AAUP, which now includes all full-time instructional faculty, and as the Vice-President of the Ohio Conference of AAUP. I have also served several terms as an at-large member of the Executive Committee of AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress. In addition to serving as co-editor of the Academe blog, I am also a member of the editorial board of Academe and have been a guest editor for an issue of the magazine on collective bargaining strategies. As co-chair of the Ohio Conference's Communication Committee, I began to do much more overtly political writing during the campaign to repeal Ohio's Senate Bill 5, which would have eliminated the right of faculty to be unionized. I have sustained that activism, and at the risk of stating the obvious, I have very much enjoyed contributing to the Academe Blog and to our chapter blog. I also maintain several other blogs to which I have re-posted, by topic, my posts to the Academe blog, as well as some other items.

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