Let's put it this way: I don't consider it spring until I'm seeing temperatures consistently in the 80s. I also don't consider it summer until it's over 100. As far as I'm concerned, most of the US has no summer.
I grew up in Dubai, where overnight lows drop below 50 maybe one or two nights in a decade, and the all time record low is 43. I'm perfectly comfortable with outdoor sports in 110 degree weather, but at 50 degrees I'm bundling up in several layers.
We haven't had a lot of snow the last few winters here as compared to prior years. Some really cold temps though. I remember -15F for about a week and not much higher after that. I kept hearing predictions for a real bad winter this year. Farmer's almanacs, weather predictions using weather models and so forth.
I had a 20 year old snowblower that was a bit too small for the kind of stuff the snow plow pushes at the end of the driveway since it's a 5hp. Still worked except in those places. I've had a few medical issues so I didn't want to be buried in the stuff with an under powered machine.....I went out and bought a new much more powerful snow blower. Everyone I tell thanks me for buying it because I made the snow go away.
This year has probably been the least amount of snow I can remember in my area. We haven't had much of anything. Usually at this time we have had 4 to 6 decent snows.
We still could get a bunch later because we still have until probably the end of March. Years back in the 90's this area had a HUGE snow in March. One of the largest on record.............so it can still happen.
Until then, I have a huge expensive paper weight in my garage
Extremely interesting episode of Nova in which they Explore the Polar Extremes of the Planet
Without getting into the politics of it, I have not been a big believer in the human effect on climate change. There is just so much conflicting information out there, but yesterday afternoon I watched this Nova presentation, and it really got me thinking about what is going on with our climate. I think this video does a very good job of explaining it.
Following a trail of fossils found in all the wrong places–beech trees in Antarctica, redwoods and hippo-like mammals in the Arctic–NOVA uncovers the bizarre history of the poles, from miles-thick ice sheets to warm polar forests teeming with life.
This link is for a 3 minute preview:
This link is for the entire show, 1 hour, 53 mintues:
cid, I'm in Lancaster County Pennsylvania located in the vicinity of the southeast corner. About 15 miles south and I cross the Mason Dixon into Maryland. I am originally from South Georgia where it was almost unheard of to get snow of any kind. My dad married a Yankee when in the Navy and took her south. Her family lived in California at the time but moved to PA. so I have family from up around where you are. I guess upper New York State or close.Some of them are in the tip of Northeast PA...Then my dad's side are all down "yonder" south. I came back north but not as far north as you and Moonshadows.
The first year here was a real adjustment in the 80's. Slid a car off the road. Had no idea how to drive in the stuff. Learned a lot since then. My job now requires I be there even if it's dangerous for others. They were issuing cards so that if the state patrol pulled me over I could show I have permission to be on the road. I was re assigned a new position where 99% of my work involves computer work with building automation. I had hoped that when I changed jobs they would lift that requirement since I have the ability to work remotely on computer. No such luck. If I go outside start my car and it slides down my driveway on ice...I'm not going, sorry. IOW if the roads are ice, it just isn't worth it until they treat the roads. So far though this year it hasn't been a concern at all. I have been on the road passing by multiple cars off the road in a blizzard wondering when my turn was coming. I was very fortunate to have made it home a few times.
Funny you mentioned ice skating rinks. I live in a heavily Amish community. Both neighbors are Amish. They have a large field out back. They always have large equipment around, so they dug part of a field low and made an ice skating rink out of it. Worked very well! This year though, not cold enough to sustain it....yet.
Moonshadows, This is all very interesting. I think we had a polar shift a long time ago. There have been extremes and "mini" ice ages as I understand it. People in times past have thought it was the end of the world and things eventually swing back the other way. I think it's going to get very bad eventually. I hope I'm not around to see it. Thanks for sharing those links.
I am subscribed to this guy's YouTube Channel. He brings a lot of data together on one web page which I find interesting. MRMBB333
I don't blame you cid. If I didn't have to go out I wouldn't.
Yeah it's kinda comical to see the occasional deep freeze the south. Most houses don't have basements. Water lines are under the floor in a crawl space. Bad things can happen. The drivers don't have a clue what to do. I was one of those drivers.
Up here where I am no, in one section going to my job we get snow drifts regularly. You drive up and there's 8" or more of snow if the plow didn't go through, or I've been going up a hill behind 5 other drivers who couldn't make it up the hill just sitting there spinning. Do I back down the hill with drivers behind me? Attempt to pass the stuck drivers? ...you think why did I get out of bed today?