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CLIMATE: Our winters too cold for pythons

Letter by Ken A. Schlichte, Tumwater on Jan. 17, 2012 at 11:18 am with 22 Comments »
January 17, 2012 1:45 pm

The Burmese pythons now in Florida will cross many state lines and become established in Washington and Oregon by 2100 if temperatures continue to rise, according to a federal study. And Congressman Norm Dicks says that it’s time to make sure that no more of these snakes are allowed to enter the United States or to cross state lines (TNT, 1-16).

The writers of this federal python study, Dicks and perhaps even those Burmese pythons in Florida need to be informed of the NOAA National Climatic Data Center reports indicating that our Northwest winter temperatures have actually been trending downward rapidly at a rate of 1.63 degrees F per decade during the 14 winters since 1997 and that the average Northwest winter temperature during this 14-winter period was slightly below freezing at 31.72 degrees F.

The NOAA center reports describing these recent downward trending and freezing Northwest winter temperatures provide very little support for the spread of those Burmese pythons from Florida into Washington and Oregon.

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  1. ManuelMartini says:

    Don’t drive in the snow, Ken. Your tunnel vision might not serve you well.

  2. I always though “Python” would be a good name for a sports car. At least as good as “Viper!”

    We don’t need pythons up here is Washington anyway. We have Sasquatch! Why isn’t Norm getting us some money to really mount a serious expedition to go out and look for them? Maybe we could train Sasquatches to catch pythons?

  3. We also have raccoons, possums, and the occasional cayman.

  4. We need to try and train the pythons to go after the nutria.

  5. redneckbuck says:

    What a waist of time.

  6. Lighten-up redneckbuck. Not all of these topics have to be kept in reverent seriousness. Don’t like this one, then skip it and don’t comment. Go on to something else. Don’t get stressed-out about it, okay?

    Have a good one!

  7. redneckbuck…do you use pythons as belts?

  8. hensandducks says:

    In the 60’s and 70’s, Lake Whatcom froze up in Whatcom County. Now it is so rare for this to happen.

  9. ReadNLearn says:

    I just want to know why rattle snakes can’t survive on this side of the mountain.

  10. took14theteam says:

    @muckibr Jan 17, 2012 at 2:58

    That appears to be a hypocritical comment from you, or a pot – kettle thing.

    Why are you always screaming “back on topic please” when a thread drifts in a direction you don’t like, yet you want to allow this one to drift?



  11. Not screaming took… Never screaming. This one started off topic and has never really gotten back on, has it? Look at the first comment.

  12. See! There ya go! FINALLY a politician that has a good idea….Gotta keep those dang things from crossing state lines!….At every border we need to build an exit ramp from the freeway and put up big signs that read…”All Pythons Exit Here”…..That solved that pesky issue awrighty!

  13. bobcat1a says:

    Murigen, great post but probably too cryptic for redneckbuck.

  14. aislander says:

    But…isn’t that homofonia?

  15. aislander says:

    …or is that homophonia?

  16. Didn’t catch this the first time I scanned this thread:

    What a waist of time.

    followed by – but not immediately:

    redneckbuck…do you use pythons as belts?

    That, my friends, is wit.

  17. bobcat…but you and beerBoy got it ;-) Sometimes it’s more fun when the target doesn’t get the point!

  18. It’s ALWAYS more fun when the target doesn’t get it!

  19. SwordofPerseus says:


    How big is a waist of time?
    What does that usually run about 44-46 inches? Bigger? LOL, no really just smiling and a slight chortle, perhaps.

  20. SwordofPerseus says:


    Oh so punny.

  21. Puns are the lowest form of humor….

    “therefore the foundation of all wit” according to Henry Erskine

    A pun is the lowest form of humor, unless you thought of it yourself. ~Doug Larson

    Hanging is too good for a man who makes puns; he should be drawn and quoted. ~Fred Allen

  22. Ken wrote, “The Burmese pythons now in Florida will cross many state lines and become established in Washington and Oregon by 2100″

    I thought I posted a comment on this before, and maybe it was deleted, but I can’t see why. Not sure exactly what I wrote, but I am sure nothing I wrote in the previous comment could have been considered in violation of the rules. Maybe the power outage just took it out. Anyway…

    Basically all I recall mentioning was that maybe the point of this letter was not at all about the fear of migration of pythons to Washington, but rather a statement about GLOBAL WARMING changing our climate by 2100!!!

    All of us will probably be long gone by then anyway, but given what’s happening with the weather today, I would welcome a little Global Warming right now!

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