Nearly a year ago, my predecessor Jim Poyser engaged in a tremendous conversation with a broadcast meteorologist who was trying to get his fellow Republicans to acknowledge the existence of climate change.
Paul Douglas had a fundamental thesis: "We've super-sized our weather."
Well, South Dakota has just seen a massive October blizzard - one of the earliest in memory - that killed tens of thousands of cattle.
Adding insult to injury, the Great 2013 Shutdown has compounded problems for the affected ranchers.
Although one event doesn't make for a trend, it's only the most recent example of extreme meteorological events.
Jim's article and Paul's words seem more and more prophetic every day.