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1945 & 2016 Minimum and Maximum Temperatures in Tucson

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After analyzing Tucson temperatures for 1942 and comparing them to 2016, I thought I’d try another year to see if 1945 was an anomaly. So, I  went back to  wunderground.com for 1945 temperatures. The mean temperature is also available from the website, but I didn’t include it because  a human being doesn’t experience an average temperature. We feel the heat or cold minute by minute, not in 24 hour averages. Also, the mean seems to be calculated as the average of the low and high temperature and not the average of the temperature of each hour during the 24 hours period.

The temperature for 2016 is subtracted from the 1945 temperature. A positive number indicates that it was warmer in 1945 than in 2016. A negative number, obviously, means that it was warmer in 2016 than 1945.

At the bottom of the table are the summed differences for all 12 months. As you can see, the summed difference of the minimum temperature between 1945 and 2016 on the first day of every month was 14 degrees. In other words, it was slightly warmer (or less cold) during the winter months in 1945. The summed difference of the maximum temperature between 1945 and 2016 was larger — 29 degrees. Surprisingly, on the first day of each month for 1945 and 2016, the maximum temperature for 1942 was higher than the maximum temperature for 2016, but the difference between the two years was smaller than between 1942 and 2016.

Again, this is not a commentary on climate change which deals in averages, this is just how a Tucsonan would experience the weather at two points during the first day of each month in 1945 and 2016.

 

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1942 & 2016 Minimum and Maximum Temperatures in Tucson

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The oldest year available with daily minimum and maximum temperatures in wunderground.com was 1942. The mean temperature is also available from the website, but I didn’t include it because  a human being doesn’t experience an average temperature. We feel the heat or cold minute by minute, not in 24 hour averages.

The temperature for 1942 is subtracted from the 2016 temperature. A positive number indicates that it was warmer in 1942 than in 2016. A negative number, obviously, means that it was warmer in 2016 than 1942.

At the bottom of the table are the summed differences for all 12 months. As you can see, the summed difference of the minimum temperature between 1942 and 2016 on the first day of every month was only eight degrees. It was slightly warmer (or less cold) during the winter months in 1942. The summed difference of the maximum temperature between 1942 and 2016 was larger — 56 degrees. Surprisingly, on the first day of each month for 1942 and 2016, the maximum temperature for 1942 was higher than the maximum temperature for 2016.

Again, this is not a commentary on climate change which deals in averages, this is just how a Tucsonan would experience the weather at two points during the first day of each month in 1942 and 2016.

I also analyzed the minimum and maximum temperatures of 1945 and 2016. I’ll post that soon.

Bike Riding:The Realities

She who succeeds in gaining the mastery of the bicycle will gain the mastery of life.
Susan B. Anthony – 1820-1906

When I moved to a new town in late 2008, I found the hills and valleys around town were just too steep for me to enjoy a bike ride. I road my bike on vacations, but that didn’t amount to much riding time. With thoughts of an active retirement in Tucson in my head, I drove around my small town last week and found some streets with more gentle slopes that I felt I could handle uphill and downhill on my 8-speed hybrid.

I discovered that going back to cycling after a long time away was not so easy. We’ve all heard that you never forget how to ride a bike and scientists have apparently proved this, according to this article in Medicine & Health/Neuroscience.

What people don’t forget is how to balance and pedal. You can, in fact, forget how to start and stop.

After finding my bright green T-shirt, water bottle, helmet, and iPhone (in case I got lost), I went out for my first ride in years and discovered that I couldn’t remember how to start. Did I put my foot on the top pedal and push off? Or was it the bottom pedal that I started on?

Settling on putting one foot on the bottom pedal and pushing with my other foot until I was going fast enough that I wouldn’t fall over, I was finally up and pedaling. Fifteen minutes later, I was exhausted. My legs were achy and trembling and sweat was pouring down my face. Not discouraged, I went out the next day and found it a little easier going and rode for a half hour before finally getting off the bike and pushing it off up last hill. There’s a long way to go to become the confident, strong bike rider I was as a child, if that’s even possible.

The best part of riding a bike, to me, is feeling the breeze on my skin on a hot day. It’s no wonder that a dog likes to stick his head out of a car window to feel the wind in this face!

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