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We just completed a February -  here in the Philly area - where there wasn't any measurable amount of snow. I can't remember that ever happening. Although...it wouldn't surprise me if it did. However, the frequency of this type of weather is getting a little scary. January, by the way, wasn't much "snowier" either. The high 50's, even days when the temperature reached 60 or more, have become a bit more commonplace this season. Of course, the paradox in all this is that I kinda like it! But, I know it's not good for our ecosystem and is not the least bit normal (or what we used to define as normal).

Here's the other side of the coin. If it's abnormally warm in the winter, what's it gonna be like in the summer? Since our temperatures have been warmer on more than one occasion this year than those in Florida, California, and Arizona (as witnessed by speaking with my friends there), does that mean that we should start pulling out our wide brimmed hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen now? I vividly remember driving back from teaching at Temple University last summer, looking up at my car's outside temperature indicator and seeing the picture I've attached to this blog post. I was amused, freaked, and hot, all at the same time!

What are we in for my friends? Geez, maybe we'll be surprised and March will be the snowiest on record (why don't I think that's gonna happen?!), or July will be way below normal and the Philadelphia area will be awash in people in parkas (I have a feeling that ain't happenin' either!).

So, get ready for spring folks, 'cause it may just be a prelude to quite a summer...no matter where you live on this blue planet!

Yo...where's my 50 spf?
Jane Z
3/4/2012 09:56:30 am

There is much to be said about nature being "All Knowing"! The birds that normally have made their homes in the more southern states are found to have migrate more north over the years. We are seeing different species of birds that are known to have only been from other areas. Yes, it is a birders dream! But what are they telling us?
By the way, I am a closet birder, lol but proud of it!! LoL I don't dress the part, but I do report my findings and tallies. Recently, was tallying for the Backyard Nationwide Tally.
On another note, my buddy groundhog(backyard wetlands) has emerged this past Thursday. He is my official start for
Spring!!

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Dan
3/4/2012 03:14:19 pm

Jane...indeed, the birds know something that we are just learning. They are very intuitive beings (if I may use a human trait to describe them). What's happening to our climate is yet to be determined. If this winter is any indication, we're in for some warm weather in the coming years. However, I do remember that last winter we had our share of snow. Although, snowy winters seem to be on the decline. Let's just hope it all balances out!

It's really cool that you're a birder! I enjoy checking out which birds stop by my back and front yards...but - I think that your degree of checking out our flying friends is a superb hobby! And...three cheers to your groundhog for making his or her spring appearance!

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Chuck
3/5/2012 11:39:31 am

I thought we were going to follow the recent trend and get bombarded with snow this year. Boy was I wrong. To me, the real question is what does this mean for the seasons moving forward? Is it in the 70s and 80s in April? Or, does it stay in the 60s until June?

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Dan
3/5/2012 12:36:53 pm

Chuck,

I think your first scenario (at least the 70's) is probably more like it. But...the way things are going - anything is possible!

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Michelle
3/6/2012 09:30:03 am

I'm not surprised by the changes in temperature. Nothing ever stays the same even if we are causing the warm winter temps or "mother nature". There is usually one good snow storm in March, then back to warm temps. If its going to continue to warm up during the winter I won't have to move south after graduation to beat the cold.

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Dan
3/6/2012 12:30:38 pm

Michelle,

Let's hope that good March snowstorm holds off for another year. And - if nothing else, at least some good can come out of our current temperature conundrum...you'll be saving money by not having to move!

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