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What climate change?

It’s March, right? The middle of March? As in, still winter, not yet spring? And I’m living in Ontario, not Hawaii? This is Canada, referred to by some as “The Frozen North” – correct?

OK, just checking.

I’m going to apologize right up front for the seeming triteness of this post – that is, “let’s talk about the weather” – but I’m just so gobsmacked at what’s going on in my part of the world these days that I feel the need to write about it.

In case you’re wondering, the impetus for this post is that yesterday it hit 22 degrees Celcius, today it’s 23, and they say it’s expected to get to 24 tomorrow! (For those of you in non-metric countries, that’s around 72-75 degrees Fahrenheit. You’re welcome. :))

I don’t quite know how to process this information.

On the one hand, from a shallow, self-centred perspective, I’m delighted with the “winter” we’ve experienced here in Windsor, our first year living in the city. Snowfalls have been few and far between, and any snow that did fall only stuck around for a day or two before it was washed or melted away. Now, with this week’s shorts and t-shirt, iced tea and barbecue weather, it seems at this point as though we pretty much skipped winter altogether. Very, very comfortable indeed.

Climate change? What climate change?

From a “bigger picture” perspective, though, thinking about the reasons behind this unseasonable weather gives me distinctly uncomfortable chills. There’s an element of fear, as we’re warned of severe thunderstorms in our area, and the Detroit radio station playing in my office keeps interrupting the music to broadcast tornado warnings… the first time I’ve heard an emergency broadcast NOT followed by, “This has been a test of the emergency broadcast system.” And there’s anger and frustration, too, remembering when in the winters past, supposedly witty radio and television personalities made quips about “global warming” in the midst of violent snowstorms.

(As an aside… whoever came up with the term “global warming” and expected non-scientific people to “get” what it meant, or to try to dig a little deeper and learn what it meant… well, you pretty much shot yourselves in the foot. I’m telling you, you should have called it “climate change” right from the start and you might have avoided all sorts of nonsense and wasted breath. Just my humble opinion.)

I’ve been told I should relax and just enjoy this treat of unexpectedly lovely days… and I am… yet the fear, the anger and frustration, the regret and helplessness – those feelings are never far from the surface, wondering, worrying, what will be in days to come.

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • Elizabeth
    March 15, 2012

    I think it is something to worry about, or at least not buy your head in the sand about. Things are cyclical in a lot of ways..during the revolutionary war (1600’s) we were in a “mini” ice age. I remember my 5th grade teacher trying to emphasis this on why it was SO.COLD. and why that was such a harsh condition for war, but not I’m starting to get it more as things change and I start to think, well I hope we can survive it too!
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  • Kathy March 15, 2012

    It does seem pretty odd to be 80 when we are normally blanketed in snow this time of year. The flowers are blooming and so are my allergies. I just wonder if it will last or if winter will have one final hurrah for the season. Time will tell!

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    • Dawn
      March 16, 2012

      They did a piece on the local news yesterday about how allergy season had kicked in early… what a shame! I’m fortunate that my allergies aren’t seasonal and the triggers are fairly easy to avoid.
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  • Masked Mom March 18, 2012

    You just said everything that’s been swirling around in my head all winter long. It’s been in the 70s (20s?) here the past week or so, too, after a ridiculously mild winter and, on the one hand it’s very convenient–on the other it’s an abomination. I’ve been walking around telling everyone: “The weather is broken; we’ve broken the weather.” Everyone looks at me like I’m Chicken Little.
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    • Dawn
      March 18, 2012

      I know what you mean – I think some people will always think these worries are overreacting. But as you say, something is definitely broken, and it seems to me as though we did an awful lot to help it along. 🙁
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  • The M Half
    March 19, 2012

    The weather here (Austin, Texas) is always a bit broken. Last year was brutally hot and oddly dry. But we’ve had a crazy wet winter. Hubs and I even chanced planting some purdy flowers and shrubbery (a word that ALWAYS makes me think of Monty Python) and a veggie garden out back.

    All this to say, every time there’s an unseasonably cold day or “freak” snowstorm, my in-laws insist on making fun of “the farce they call global warming perpetrated on the United States.” I just roll my eyes and ignore those comments. Sigh.

    In the back of my head, I also kind of worry, but there’s nothing I can do about it. I do what I can to improve – or at least not break – the parts of Nature I have direct control over. Otherwise, I try to enjoy what is, right now.

    Right now, I’m enjoying catching up on your blog! 🙂
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    • Dawn
      March 19, 2012

      LOL, “shrubbery” has the same effect on me!

      I like your attitude. That’s really all any of us can do, isn’t it?
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  • Jenn March 19, 2012

    Well– now that you live in Ontario–the part really close to Michigan– a state where I am from, here is something to maybe put your mind at ease. This doesn’t happen every year. We get a seasonably warm winter every 12-15 years. I distinctly remember a pretty warm winter in 92 or 93 and 95 was bitterly cold. My family has farmed in Michigan for a long time–and they’ve said the same thing. You just happen to be experiencing a warmer one 🙂 Cheers, Jenn.
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    • Dawn
      March 19, 2012

      Interesting – thank you for the info! Apparently last winter was MUCH colder, so maybe we were due for this sort of March. Either way, I’m going to enjoy it while we have it, as there’s not much else I can do about it!
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