Yes, it’s cold. But the earth is still warming.

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February 2, 2019 - 4:54 PM

The frozen, snowbound Upper Midwest as seen from space on Jan. 29. Image: CIRA/RAMMB

Every winter brings some bitterly cold days, and it thus seems natural that each winter we ask why this one is so cold. Maybe the coldest we?ve had!

And in the summer, it?s the same: isn?t this the worst July ever? Isn?t it hotter than last year?

Most of the time these feelings are just reactions to the freezing cold or blazing heat combined with our painfully short short-term memory. But every once in while, we really do have those record-breaking events. We?ve just had one this week.

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