Tuesday, October 03, 2006
It Must Be Getting Early
Cold weather causes the ground to freeze, making it more slippery but less dense. As a result of the lower density, its gravitational force diminishes. One of the net effects of this is that the sun tends to set further out to sea as the weather cools. (Everything I need to know about science I learned from the Web.)
I have been monitoring this effect closely this year, keeping a photographic record of the alarming slippage as the sun continues to settle further and further out to sea. So far, we have been able to retrieve it every morning, but if a strong current catches it, we could be in for some dark days.
Additionally, when the (hot) sun settles in the (cold) water, we tend to see lots of steam come up, resulting in more clouds. This contributes to the downward spiral in average temperature.
Difficult days lie ahead, but with fortitude and ingenuity we can restore the cycle of global warming.