Tuesday, March 20, 2012

What happened to winter?

Even the iconic cherry blossoms in the nation's capitol are early

According to scientists, today marks the vernal equinox, the beginning of spring. As a season in the Northern Hemisphere, spring is regarded as romantic and highly anticipated, coming as it does at the end of the cold, unforgiving winter season. But after the last few months, when the expected snows and cold winter weather failed to appear, the big question is where has winter been hiding? Does this confirm the alarmists' predictions of global warming? Or does this mean that every now and again winter loses its grip and peters out? There is a another decided downside to all of this warm weather. If there never was a winter, then the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico have hardly had a chance to chill in any way. That means they will be especially nurturing to any closed weather systems that enter the gulf during hurricane season. That spells the possibility of super storms of the type like Hurricanes Katrina and Rita nearly seven years ago. This is not something most people along the Gulf Coast would prefer. As a matter of fact, most residents could well do with a heavy, frigid winter if it meant somehow a guarantee that the hurricane season would be mild. Yet, as I recall, the winter season before those major storms was considered within normal range. Oh, well, it's not up to us. Indeed, like the flea that rides atop the canine bounding in a field, we are mere hitchhikers along for the ride. Here's to the season....

No comments: