****************************In case you were basking in the warm Ohio sunshine this last week and you have friends who are trying to convince you that this is a sign of global warming, citing in particular POTUS's remark that the "nice weather" was making him "nervous," a few facts might help.
Statistics can be manipulated but facts are pesky things.
From Climate Depot:
Climate Depot is happy to provide President Obama the answer to his temperature jitters. The continental U.S. -- which coversjust 2% of the Earth's surface – has been very warm, but global temperatures have been cooling. There has been record or near record snow and ice in Alaska, the Arctic, Antarctic, a brutally cold winter in Europe and even a parts of a Southern Hemisphere facing a year without a Summer.
Despite a warm winter in the continental U.S., global temperatures have seen a cooling trend. Even this years early Cherry Blossom bloom in DC fails to alarm. See: 'The cherry blossom bloom date in 1946 (March 14 or before) was earlier than current year -- CO2 was a little over 310 ppm in 1946' & 1941 Heatwave Caused DC Cherry Blossoms To Appear Six Months Early & Japan in 2012: Unusually Cold weather delays blooming of early cherry blossoms