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1919 or 2019? Kingston Edition

17 Jun 2020 | 1919 or 2019, Science Notes

For today’s contest we wander amidst the leafy splendour of Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario to compare rainfall records from 1919 and 2019. Situated near the eastern end of Lake Ontario where the Great Lakes empty into the St Lawrence, Kingston gets plenty of precipitation all year and a few good downpours each summer. But what hath global warming wrought? Maybe it means the rains are less common now. Or maybe they are more common. Or neither. Guess which line is for which year, then see below to check your answer.

In this particular place there was 890 mm of rain in 1919 and 949 mm in 2019.

So if you guessed the wetter of the two years was the more recent one you got it right. But will that strategy always work? Keep tuning in to find out.

2 comments on “1919 or 2019? Kingston Edition”

  1. That is because man-made global warming has changed the climate so much that it stays the same...or something like that. Errr.
    Seriously, what is frightening is the gullibility of the general public. Unfortunately nowadays they are taught WHAT to think - not HOW to think.
    "When a man stops believing in God he doesn’t then believe in nothing, he believes anything." G.K. Chesterton.

  2. Long-term climate change should only be of academic interest to , er, academics, and not the subject of dining table discussion. Real pollution, like human excrement swilling around the previously pristine Maldives, and waste plastic dumped in the sea, should be addressed in some way, but worrying about what the weather might be like in 2100 is not a sensible topic for ordinary folk...

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