The popular weatherperson Cliff Mass explained in his post "Tropical Air over Seattle," that this morning "our low temperature (56F) was the HIGHEST low temperature ever recorded in November at Seattle Tacoma Airport." Indeed. It's usually supposed to be in the mid-40s around this time of the year. Mass writes: "The temperatures today will delight you." But everyone I've met on the street or in the cafe where I had lunch, Cafe Presse, was not exactly happy about this abnormal warmth. What can it mean? Why are temperatures so high? It just has to be all of the carbon we are releasing into the sewer we call the sky. That's what people are thinking—anthropogenic global warming; that's why people are not so gung-ho about a tropical Thanksgiving in the Pacific Northwest.
Also, the unusually warm temperatures means people are overdressed today. It's currently 67-motherfucking-degrees out here. You can walk around this autumn day in the Anthropocene with just a shirt or a blouse. Even a cardigan cooks your body. Will this be the future of Turkey week? If so, we may need to celebrate the time Native Americans saved their oppressors from starvation with cooler, summer foods like watermelons.
Mass says a "plot of temperatures during the past two weeks at Seattle shows that our current morning temperatures are WAY higher than the normal highs." Please recall a point the paleoceanographer Sarah Myhre made in her excellent post "Ocean Mud, Ocean Burping, and Why the Climate Could Change Abruptly." According to the record, climate change appears to not happen gradually but, like Stephen J. Gould's evolutionary theory of punctuated equilibrium, very suddenly, very quickly, all in a rush because of a blasted thing called positive feedback. The rats and insects are the ones delighted by these tropical temperatures.