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Thursday, January 04, 2007

What A Weird Winter

The weather this winter sure has been unusually mild here in New Hampshire. We've had exactly ONE snowfall, of less than an inch, the Saturday before New Year's, and an ice storm the next day. As for winter, that's it! Other than that it's been in the 40s or 50s, sunny, very pleasant but definitely not winter-like.

I was pretty disappointed not to have a white Christmas. This is supposed to be a winter wonderland! So what the heck is going on?

My personal theory is Global Warming. You know, greenhouse gasses holding in the pollutants, melting iceburgs, the whole thing. And the El Nino effect doesn't help.

Not that I'm a scientific type, as I'm sure you can tell by my disjointed meanderings above. ;-) I just know enough to be dangerous. But...global warming IS dangerous. Besides the lack of a white Christmas, it raises ocean levels that causes flooding, creates tsunamis, hurricanes of unbelievable strength, droughts in some places and torrential rains in others. Not a good thing. And eventually, if it goes on unchecked, I suppose it could make whole regions of the world uninhabitable.

I heard an expert in this topic speak once, and he said if each of us only makes one little change, that can do a world of good. He suggested as that one change the simple act of replacing our standard lightbulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescent lightbulbs. Check them out here: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=cfls.pr_cfls

So I say, go for it! It's a simple change to make and every time you flip on that light switch, you'll feel good about yourself. Who knows, by next year we just might get that white Christmas!

Liz

2 Comments:

At 3:46 PM, January 08, 2007, Blogger Chris said...

According to our Weather Channel, the mild weather is not due to global warming but to a combination of (I think they said a tsunami) to the north and the jet stream to the south that has the mid to east of NA, top to bottom, locked in a moist cell that's kept the cold air out. However, cold airweather is now pushing down from the far north and it will chase these influences away, so we'll be getting some real winter weather very soon.

Chris

 
At 3:50 PM, January 11, 2007, Blogger Elizabeth Delisi said...

Chris, I hope you're right, because so far this has been the warmest winter on record here, which doesn't go over well in a winter playground. ;-)

Liz

 

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