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October 9, 2009

Obama + Nobel Prize = Snow?!

2003 blizzard 

From the brains of archivists comes the following insight: In years past, when American presidents have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the following winters have been cold and snowy in the Northeast.

Not sure what the science behind this phenomenon could possibly be. Coincidence, maybe?

Whatever, here's the short version:

1906: Theodore Roosevelt wins the award. The winter of 1906-1907 brings a severe February nor'easter to the coast and as much as 10 inches of snow between Feb. 4 and 6.

1919: Woodrow Wilson wins the Nobel, and January 1920 brings ice, sleet and snow to the Northeast. In February, 4-7, heavy snow drops from Maine to Virginia.

2002: Jimmy Carter wins the Nobel Peace Prize, and the winter of 2002-2003 brings the Feb. 14-19 storm that dumped 15 to 30 inches along the East Coast. Baltimore is buried in 28.2 inches, the deepest snowfall on record for the city.

You can read the entire cockamamie release here. But why would you bother?

AccuWeather is expected to release its forecast for this winter on Wednesday. Their hint: "Preliminary reports predict a cold and snowy winter for the Northeast."

(SUN PHOTO/Algerina Perna/February 2003)

Posted by Frank Roylance at 4:57 PM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Winter weather


Geez, who knew? Fascinating. But, hopefully, wrong.....

AccuWeather actually ran their prelim winter weather predictions a month or so ago, also predicting the colder weather. Apparently it was just a slow weather weekend for them, or they're obsessed with the fact that the great plains are seeing record cold.

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