Friday, February 29, 2008

Global Warming

Oh Boy! Where do I start? Global warming...ummm, let's see....well...for starters, its 9 degrees this morning. NINE! Does anything about that number imply warmth? I didn't think so either. O.K. That's a start. (an 'icebreaker', if you will) Alright,as if 9 degs. wasn't bad enough, I just looked at the wind chill off shore. It's a few degrees below zero! And I told my sternman we would haul today. "GREAT!" Lucky for us there isn't going to be much wind today.

Don't get me wrong here, I am a democrat,(at least most of the time) but,...where's Al Gore NOW? I'd like to see him over ten miles offshore with us in awhile.
"Well Al, how's that 'global warming' theory of yours looking right about now?!" - "OH, by the way Al,..that "snotsickle" you've got going on there is gettin kinda long!"

I know, there are definitely changes going on in the climate. I've seen a lot of the shows, and hearings, and yes even his movie, An Inconvenient Truth. And yes it can be alarming at 9;00 o'clock at night, with the thermostat on 70 something, with a blanket over you and a bowl of hot popcorn in your lap. But, not out here. Well offshore, at the end of February, with 4 - 8 inch icicles(saltwater, mind you) hanging off the roof of the boat.

I have an idea what some of you are thinking, because I've thought it too, sometimes. "You could be doing something else, that does not require you to be out on the North Atlantic at the end of February, on a 9 degree day!" (but trust me, please, if you were a Maine lobsterfisherman, born and bred, you'd be out there too!) The thing is, that no matter how bad the outcome sounds from these "global warming" reports, most of us,(at least way up here in the northern parts of the Northern hemisphere, anyway!), actually look forward to warmer, well..., milder winters. 50s would be fine with me!

Alright, I may be just a fisherman, but I'm not dumb. I know that the temperature changes are very subtle. But we can be optimistic can't we?

What are your thoughts on global warming? I would like to hear them. Please feel free to leave a post.

Do you want to learn more about how most of us fishermen stay up to date on the weather? Keep watch for my weather post coming soon.


Marf said...

I believe global warming is a natural cycle that happens over long periods of time. I don't think humans have much to do with it. Not when a single volcano puts out more than we do in a year.

There was a study done this year, and due to reduced solar activity in the last year, we've lost all the "warming" we gained in the last 100 years. It's a temporary change, I'm sure. I still think the earth is on a natural warming trend.

One thing to keep in mind with global warming though, it doesn't mean every where's going to be unusually warm. It's an over-all average global temperature. It gives storm systems more energy. You get more severe weather, both warm and cold.

Brandi said...

After 80 degree temps this past weekend, we had snow this afternoon. Was that caused by global warming? I don't think so. I am with you, I do think there is global warming but right now, not enough.

Now, ask me this same question in July when it is 100+ and we are rationing water because we have had no rain! Man-I love Texas

~~~~~d~~~~ said...

Global schmobal: I find the fact that you are a lobster-man more interesting. Tell us more.
You "stumbled upon" a good friends site and commented. Now I am returning the favor.

Wondering how one becomes a lobster man? Is this a family trade?

Cameron said...

D...get off his blog....he is my man now!!!!! You stumbled across my friends blog and left a message and now all us mamas want you to visit our blogs too. HEHEHEHE I want to know about the Lobster Man too? It is not fair you beat me here. I am telling Lisha on you!!!!



One day, Jacque and Pierre went moose hunting in the north Maine woods. After a large breakfast and several hours of hunting, Pierre developed a problem. Miles from camp and the trusty outhouse, he told Jacque his dilemma.
Jacque calmly told Pierre, "Just go over there behind those bushes, and do your 'business".
"But Jacque, I have no paper to wipe with!", said Pierre.
Jacque told him, "no problem Pierre, just take a dollar from your pocket and use that."
After some time, Pierre returns, and Jacque exclaims, "Pierre, your hands are covered in sh@# , what happened man?!!!"
"Oh Jaque, I had only four quarters!"