Unfortunately, it appears that some human intervention may have quickened its demise. I will present the evidence and you be the judge.
So let's review the history of the OK ice cube through a series of pictures. And for reference, here are the temperatures of the last two weeks at Boeing Field.
September 10th. A little melt but still a nice cube.
September 11th: Still looking good.
September 14th. After a period of rapid warming and sunshine, the OK ice cube had a lot of melt, but is still standing tall.
Sept 16. Not as wide, but still imposing.
Sept 17th: A dramatic presence.
Sept 18th. A few ice blocks on the floor. I went to see it myself that day.
Folks...I am deeply suspicious that there was some serious ice hanky-panky between the 17th and the 18th. Saturday night.
Someone got to the ice cube. It should have lasted until Thursday or Friday. Perhaps the Seattle Times could put one of its investigative reporters on it...Danny Westneat covers this kind of thing all the time. Who would have it in for a giant icecube? Seattle police have some suspicions based on evidence found near the scene of the crime:
And now to see who won the contest. In fact, two people picked this date:
Andy Stahl and Thomas and ae. Congratulations to them, although their victories are somewhat reduced by the nighttime ice skullduggery. And they can all get custom forecasts if they ask me.
My talk on Northwest Climate Surprises on September 28.
During the evening of September 28, I will be giving a talk in Seattle at the Mountaineers in NE Seattle on Climate Surprises: Unexpected Impacts of Global Warming on the Pacific Northwest.
You think global warming will simply bring warmer temperatures, drought, less snow, and more storms?
Think again. The latest climate model simulations provide a far more nuanced prediction of what will happen here, with some of the predictions being quite surprising. This talk is sponsored by CarbonWa and the Audubon Society. To find out more or to secure tickets, please go here.
And if you already secured tickets please not that the location has been shifted to the Mountaineers location in NE Seattle (in Magnuson Park). Parking will be easier and free. Right near Sand Point Way (lots of buses) and the Burke Gilman trail.