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Weather Talk: Weather doesn't even out

What goes around comes around. With weather? Not necessarily. It is a common misconception that weather always evens itself out; that if it has been dry, rain will eventually equalize the problem. Or if it has been warm, a cool spell will come al...

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What goes around comes around. With weather? Not necessarily.

It is a common misconception that weather always evens itself out; that if it has been dry, rain will eventually equalize the problem. Or if it has been warm, a cool spell will come along and even things out. But this presumes the concept of linearity; that weather adheres to some kind of normalization process. Although this is vaguely true, it is not vigorously true.

Weather goes through random ups and downs all the time, but these variations do not even out over time. The fact is, our weather has been shown to become wetter, drier, colder and warmer over varying lengths of time without any balancing force at all.

This means the answer to that age-old question, “When is the weather going to be like I remember it used to be?” might well be, “Never.” 

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