It is winter and there is some beautiful sunshine coming through the windows of our flat — of course, this is not a problem.

Bois Clos_Mauvernay-Chalet à Gobet 1er janvier 2015[Bois Clos, Chalet à Gobet, 1 January 2015]

What is worrying is the temperature: after the heavy snowfall of late December, there was not much snow left where we live already by Sunday 4th January because the temperature had shot up to almost 10 degrees Celsius.

9.7 4 Jan 2014[Source: Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology]

2014 was the hottest year on record according to temperature data released by the Japan Meteorological Association on 22 December 2014:

 an_wld[1][Source: Japan Meteorological Association]

Worrying, no?

POSTSCRIPT (16 January 2015)

The claim that 2014 was the hottest year on record was confirmed by two US government agencies,  NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as well as by the UK’s  Met Office, whose records go back to 1910 – see ‘2014 was hottest year on record, according to US data’ (BBC, 16 January 2015). Worrying, no?

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