We have a large frog stuck on the kitchen window… doesn't everyone? No? Okay, I'm betting I now have your attention. This large frog is plastic and is glued to the outside of the window by four suction caps he has in place of feet or hooves or flippers or whatever frogs have.
From outside looking in, it looks like a large plastic frog climbing up the window but if you look at him from inside looking out, you see his tummy has a thermometer. Now, how cleaver is that then?
Please understand this is not, by any possible stretch of the imagination, a scientific thermometer nor does it form part of a weather station. All it does is give us indoors a rough idea of how warm or cold it presently is outdoors. Having said that, I am helping the climate cause by recording my frog readings.
Things to consider are the amount of inside heat leaking through the double glazing affecting the reading. Also he's close to where the kettle boils which may account for the ten second spikes in temperature giving the highest reading for that hour. However, when a days data is programed into graph form, spikes an' all and after applying a complex, but totally phoney smoothing formula, the linear warming trend, out to two hundred years, is plain to see.
I intend to apply for a large government grant and, if successful, move on to the next stage of my work to prove, unequivocally, that global warming is not only real but is, indeed, accelerating. This study will involve bringing the frog inside and holding him, tummy down, over the kettle spout.
Frogs and boiling water rings a bell. I'll have a quick Google to ease the tension then do a web-a-net search to ensure I'm not treading in the spawn of some other fellows research.
Seriously, I came down on Sunday morning and the frog was showing a rather chilly, for summer, seven degrees C. By midday this had shot up to a roasty-toasty twelve degrees. Sadly, by late afternoon it was back down around eight degrees. This seems far removed from the predictions of all those climate scientists, professors, experts in climatology and leading figures in the field of stuff does it not?
Quote; Charles Bowden.
“Summertime is always the best of what might be.”