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New York Times Blames Global Warming for Conundrum on Cold-Weather Clothing Sales While Winter Storms Blast Midwest and Northeast

Sunday, December 2, 2007

According to Sunday’s New York Times, Global Warming is to blame for the unpredictable temperatures to sell cold-weather clothing like sweaters and coats.

Fredric Stollmack, the president of Weatherproof, said, “I have been in this industry for 40 years, and during that time, we always knew it got cold in December and stayed that way through January and February — and that was that,” he said. “Now, it’s a crap shoot.”

Winter Storm 12/2/07
Central Park in New York City, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007. (AP Photo/Dima Gavrysh)

Well it is December and just like clock work severe winter storms have hit the Midwest and the Northeast on the same weekend! It is a winter-like 35 degrees in Manhattan  as I write this post.

The New York Times Monday edition reports, “A storm system slid across the Northeast yesterday, with snow, sleet and freezing rain glazing roads and turning lawns white, after it tied up air travel in the Midwest and wiped out power for thousands of customers.

The weather was blamed for at least 10 traffic deaths.

Winter storm warnings were in effect into today in northern New York State, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. On the western side of the system, warnings were issued for parts of Michigan, where freezing rain and sleet were predicted to turn to snow late yesterday.”

According to UPI on Saturday, “December opened with a winter storm that swept across the Midwest, snarling traffic and delaying air traffic Saturday from Minneapolis to Chicago.

The storm dumped about half a foot of snow on St. Paul, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported. The Minnesota State Patrol reported 137 car crashes across the state, 88 of them in the Twin Cities and their suburbs, although most were fender benders.

Conditions were icier in Chicago, where 400 flights were canceled at O’Hare International Airport. Those planes that did take off were delayed up to an hour, the Chicago Tribune said.

The city got a mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning from 2 p.m. to midnight.

In Iowa, I-35 near Des Moines was closed for several hours because of ice, The Des Moines Register reported. Airport runways were also closed down.”

Meanwhile the article in the Times entitled, Meteorologists Shape Fashion Trends explains that Liz Claiborne, the apparel company, has hired a climatologist from Columbia University to predict weather for its designers to better time the shipments of seasonal garments to retailers.

The discount retailer Target has established a “climate team” to provide advice on what kind of apparel to sell throughout the year. More and more, the answer is lighter weight, “seasonless” fabrics.

And the manufacturer Weatherproof, which supplies coats to major department stores, has bought what amounts to a $10 million insurance policy against unusually warm weather, apparently a first in the clothing business.

The Global Warming panic has become a cash cow for many climatologists — thanks to the U.N. and Nobel Laureate Al Gore. The apparel companies are spending millions on false prophets and predictions.

“A host on HSN, formerly known as the Home Shopping Network, promoted a lightweight women’s poncho as ideal for this winter, “especially in the midst of global warming, when none of us are wearing heavy coats anymore.”

The reality, of course, is a bit more complicated. According to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, considered the most authoritative document on the topic, average temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere rose roughly 1.5 degrees from 1979 to 2005 — a shift that has not yet eliminated the need for heavy coats.”

One thing has never changed, Winter will officially arrive on December 21st — and that’s no crap shoot.

Posted 2035PT 12/02/07


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  1. Tuesday, December 4, 2007 7:34 am

    32 degrees in Alabama this morning, damn Global Warming!! heh

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