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Fire & Ice, 2.0

Fire & Ice, 2.0

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Sunday, March 15, 2015/Categories: natural history, space science, sustainability, environment

With some very strange weather lately, Americans should re-read Robert Frost's famous poem, Fire and Ice:
               Fire and Ice

Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice.

From what I’ve tasted of desire, I hold with those who favor fire,

But if it had to perish twice, I think I know enough of hate 

To say that for destruction ice, is also great
             and would suffice.

NASA has released a composite map compiling satellite measurements of temperature anomalies as data points across the continental USA for February, 2015. The "big data" map represents temperatures for February 2015 period compared to the average temperatures in 2001–2010 for the same month. Regions with warmer than average temperatures are red; near-normal white; and cooler than average blue. Large parts of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming experienced temperatures that were more than 18 degrees above average while Midwestern, Mid-Atlantic, and New England states were 18F below normal.


It doesn't take much imagination to see which states experienced fire and which ones ice from the NASA map:



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