Patterns patterns everywhere – The Sequel

Back in 2010 I posted a piece called Patterns patterns everywhere which used the entry point of various articles on a number of web-sites relating to the, then current, Eyjafjallajokull eruption. I went ont to reference – amongst other phenomena, the weather.

The incomparable Randall Munroe from has just knocked my earlier work into a cocked hat with his (perhaps unsurprisingly) much more laconic observations from last Friday, which are instead inspired by the recent cold snaps in the US:

You see the same pattern all over. Take Detroit--' 'Hold on. Why do you know all these statistics offhand?' 'Oh, um, no idea. I definitely spend my evenings hanging out with friends, and not curating a REALLY NEAT database of temperature statistics. Because, pshh, who would want to do that, right? Also, snowfall records.
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