The Nov. 23, 2010 frigid snow storm that struck Utah and much of the west illustrates how global "warming" is not a correct term.
Fact is, weather seems to be all over the board, back and forth from extra hot to extra cold. It's global "oscillation" that seems to fit best, even better than "climate change."
This Nov. 23 storm looks without any precedent either.
Looking back in Utah weather reports to 1930 only reveals one similar November storm ---
Nov. 28-30, 1983, when the Cache Valley of Utah got dumped on by 18 inches of snow, followed by bone-chilling arctic air that dropped temperatures to minus 17 immediately after the snow stopped. Roads remained icy for days.
This storm isn't quite that cold, but such cold frigid storms -- or any storm of late for that matter -- are rare around Thanksgiving in the past 20 years.
The last time it snowed around Thanksgiving in Salt Lake City was in 1994.
I've been traveling to Park City for Thanksgiving since 1990 -- 20 years -- and only twice has there been snow that actually fell there on Thanksgiving or the day prior.
That was in 1994 and about 2002.