Yesterday it rained all day. Like a day in late spring, it was also warm (16 degrees Celsius)—hard to get my head around.
This morning, the world was white as alabaster and the trees looked like Christmas. Snowflakes crowded each other as they raced towards earth, swirling downward—huge, fat and abundant.
Because I don’t understand, I’m a bit worried. What the heck is REALLY going on? Some scientists say bah humbug. Others warn us. What’s believable? The saying goes there are two sides to every story. Are there two sides or is there only one? WHICH one? Is this a warning or is it just the weather repeating itself from another time in history—the Ice Age ? After the Ice Age? What? Maybe I’m just scrambling here. . .
I’m no scientist but I wonder if we shouldn’t all be doing SOME-thing MORE. But what? Where I live in Canada, we’ve had an unusual winter (again after 2010/2011). Today, we had icy roads which caused slowdowns and a tri-zillion vehicle accidents following yesterday’s rain and mild weather. Exits were closed because of pile-ups. Traffic crawled because of road conditions. Even the school bus was late—super late. Thank goodness our next door neighbour decided to take his little guy to school himself after we waited and waited for the school bus. Would I like him to take Hanna too? Yes please and thank you! I had another (sick) little one sleeping in the house so I couldn’t make the trek.
This has been another peculiar winter though a little different from last year. We’ve had (less) snow, only three times this winter. The weather’s been so unseasonal again; little green spring shoots were confused and peeked above the surface several weeks ago. With this sudden cold spell, they’re probably done for. Last year we had snow after the robins had already arrived and a couple of days into the new spring. Little green shoots got disoriented then too. With hardly any snow this past winter, what will the ground be like for planting season this year I wonder?
I know that recently tornados have devastated countless communities and reigned havoc on incalculable innocents in the U.S. I tend to believe that there are also more of those than before. Weather has been reigning countless adverse / unexpected changes EVERY-where. Can we turn a blind eye anymore?
Just like misery loves company, this is food for thought. Just saying . . .
March 10, 2012 at 7:01 am
Here in Texas we have been in drought for years. I live on lakes (three of them) but for years they have looked like mud flats. This winter we have gotten enough rain to actually fill them, they are nearly to the full to the point you can’t see the markers (for the rocks) any more. This means they might let boaters on them this year, we’ll see.
Who to believe is right. We have had a very mild winter. No freezes. No ice.
March 10, 2012 at 10:42 am
I was in Texas once just outside of Dallas. Man it was HOT. That was more than 15 years ago though. Wow, that sure is a big turnaround. Lakes / mud flats back to lakes again. Scary to say the least. What is the world coming to anyway. We can talk about the weather all we want but that’s about the control we’ll ever have over it. Zilch! Thanks for sharing, Valentine. Nice to hear from you again.
March 10, 2012 at 10:59 am
I don’t personally believe human kind has anything to do with the weather changes. It is hard to adjust, however! Maybe we’ll be the new tropics some day? Have a good one 🙂
March 10, 2012 at 4:30 pm
Yes, the weather is certainly doing some strange things around the globe! Here in the UK, we’ve not had it so bad this year, but there is talk of a drought this year. Drought talk usually starts during the summer, so it’s very early this year!
March 11, 2012 at 7:08 pm
It certainly is getting more likely that ‘something’ is certainly going on. My internal clock is not liking the non-winter-weather we’ve been experiencing this season. Where will it all end up?
March 10, 2012 at 9:30 pm
The warming of the oceans can cause more extreme weather. i believe it will continue. No one can bear to give up anything to make a difference.
March 11, 2012 at 6:37 pm
You are so right, Nancy. Frankly, if I allow myself to think about it, I could drive myself crazy although I’m not overly apprehensive. Just yet.
March 27, 2012 at 10:12 am
I also live in the “not so frozen north’…southern Ontario ain’t what it used to be, weatherwise. On the one hand, I loved seeing robins in February and actually enjoyed (not too much) scraping the paint off my deck in early March. But I have a feeling we’ll pay a big price. Funny, when I lived in Berkeley, CA in the 60s, people there were already talking about the problems in our environment. I recall trying to rescue oil-soaked birds in Marin county — the result of an accident. We don’t seem to have progressed much since then. I worry…
March 27, 2012 at 12:57 pm
Yes, this weather worries me. Already the fruit trees on the Niagara Peninsula are all in BLOOM. What if we get a nasty frost (the reason we wait until May 2-4 before planting our gardens)? Hopefully it’s not going to be a NOT one like about 10 years ago. I had the summer off and couldn’t work outside even at 7:00 in the morning. Drenched in two minutes. I can just see shortages and price increases in the supermarket. Aside from that, how long before it gets worse?
Thanks Laurie, for commenting. Nice to meet you. Enjoyed your visit. Like your blog.