Sunday, March 18, 2018

Föhnwind

As we remember from Buffy, being dead is not necessarily the kind of impediment that most people think it is. In the autumn last year I wrote about the notion of a "cold civil war" and, speaking from beyond the grave, John F Kennedy just returned to weigh in on the Trump presidency in his inimitable Boston Brahmin accent:

“In a world of complex and continuing problems, in a world full of frustrations and irritations, America’s leadership must be guided by the lights of learning and reason — or else those who confuse rhetoric with reality and the plausible with the possible will gain the popular ascendancy with their seemingly swift and simple solutions to every world problem”

In another warming echo from the past, I was reminded of childhood days in Innsbruck and my dad explaining to me how the "Föhnwind” could bring sudden warm weather and red sand from the Sahara desert. Although without the sand, the same weather phenomenon has catapulted the temperature in Umeå from -21 on Friday to +6 degrees today! 

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