Jan 08 2008

Unnaturally Warm

Published by at 10:06 pm under Schenley Park,Weather & Sky

Sunset at Schenley Park Jan 7, 2008 (photo by Kate StJ)For the past two days it has been "unseasonably warm" here in Pittsburgh, but to me it feels unnatural.  The highs have been in the upper 60s, warmer than we keep our house at this time of year.  This is even more remarkable because it was 13oF five days ago.

The weather reminds me of a comment made by a young Finnish friend of ours who visited Pittsburgh in July many years ago.  As we sat outdoors after dark watching a softball game under floodlights, Oüti said she had never been outdoors when it was both hot and dark.  The sun hardly sets in the summer in Finland so being warm after sunset was unusual for her.

Well, this weather feels the same way.  The sun set just after 5:00pm today but it feels like the end of March.  By that measure, the sun should have set after 7:30pm and it would not have been both hot and dark during rush hour when I took this picture in Schenley Park.

I do appreciate that it feels good to stroll outside and that the birds sing in the morning.  It just unsettles me a little.

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3 Responses to “Unnaturally Warm”

  1. Amy Cushon 09 Jan 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Hi There,

    I am trying to figure out if, it was at all possible, that I did indeed see a bald eagle this morning.
    I was walking around a track in Swissvale.
    The track overlooks the mon valley. Rankin, Braddock, Homstead.
    I got a pretty good look, but I just couldn’t get a good angle to see the head. I saw strong and clear flashes of a bright white fanned out tail and I can’t think of any other bird of prey with a flashy white tail! Is it possible!!
    Let me know what you think.
    I saw that one was spotted over the mon, but where?

    Thanks and happy new year,

  2. Kate StJon 09 Jan 2008 at 4:06 pm

    I’m sure you saw a bald eagle. I saw one at the Mon River on 12/29/07. Jack & Sue Solomon saw one near the Rankin Bridge on 11/30/07. I guess this eagle has come to visit for the winter.
    Kate StJ

  3. Terryon 10 Jan 2008 at 1:49 pm

    Seems like the whole country, east of the Mississippi has been experiencing a thaw. It had an uncanny, but very pleasing effect on The Aged Cat . I’m still scratching my head over it. . . . . btw, have you ever visited Blackwater Wildlife Refuge, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. I think you’d enjoy it. I saw my first Bald Eagles there nearly 30 years ago. .

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