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No winter

15 February 2016

No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.

Hal Borland

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21 Comments to “No winter”

  1. Is this the view out your back window, PG? Cool to see how it looks when the falling snow obscures the far ridges. Love your photos!

  2. Beautiful

  3. What is this ‘winter’ you people speak of? Only ‘touched’ freepoing a couple times this year, going to be up around 80F all week hereabouts … (Though we do hit triple digits in the summer …) 😉

    • And in New England, the phrase”if you don’t like the weather, wait a minute” is too true. Hinting at spring with the absence of snow, then produces a snowstorm followed by wind chill temperatures in the negative twenties and below, immediately followed by forecasts of rain and temps in the fifties. Go figure.

      • We be slow here in Texas, we tell ya if ya don’t like the weather to wait five minutes …

        What most people don’t realize about ‘global warming’ isn’t that it’s getting hotter (and there’s evidence that it was once 100F at the poles) is that more heat equals more ‘energy’ in the system. Stronger events (like storms.)

        Since a few of us have admitted our ages on these pages; any of you remember part of the ‘cold war’ fears was setting off too many nukes would push the planet into a mini ice-age? (There was at least one book I read that the ‘bad guys’ launched — but just under the number required for the mini ice-age. The other side could only launch theirs if they wanted to kill the whole world.)

        Funny how we haven’t heard a peep out of any of them suggesting we toss a little extra dust into the air to cool things down … 😉

        • If the solar climatologists are right, we may be begging for global warming in a few more years. Something about the last time the sun put out this little energy, it was the disastrous 1600s, when parts of the Baltic froze so solid armies could march over it (and did). Among other “small” problems. I hope they’re wrong – cold is worse than heat in terms of the toll it takes on mankind.

          (My non-fiction work involves a lot of historical climatology.)

        • any of you remember part of the ‘cold war’ fears was setting off too many nukes would push the planet into a mini ice-age?

          Yes. It was called “nuclear winter” and it’s a phrase that I have not heard mentioned in a long time.

          As for the poles… not quite 100°F. but still much warmer than now:

          http://news.yale.edu/2014/04/21/today-s-antarctic-region-once-hot-california-florida

        • more heat equals more ‘energy’ in the system

          Problem is, winds (and thus storms and other events) are not driven by total energy in the system, but by energy gradients. When the climate warms, the warming occurs preponderantly at high latitudes, and the equatorial regions are less affected. That reduces the temperature gradient between the poles and the equator, which means less available energy to drive storm systems.

          • Tell that to those people having a ‘hard’ winter!

            Yeah, I know you’re right, but unless/until everything evens out, more ‘exciting’ is what people are going to be noticing.

            Though if TXRed is right, we may even want every extra bit of heat this old globe will store if the sun’s about to take a ‘chill pill’ on us …

    • Amen to that. The Southeast had no winter this year.

  4. Hal must be a patient optimist.

  5. Unless it’s an Ice Age.

    • Or the Fimbulwinter. 🙂

      It’s been a very mild winter here in Southcentral Alaska.

      • Tony,

        It’s been a very mild winter here in Southcentral Alaska.

        I suppose it is all a matter of expectation. I have no doubt that what you describe as a mild winter in Southcentral Alaska would bring Texas to a standstill.

      • Tony,

        It’s been a very mild winter here in Southcentral Alaska.

        I suppose it is all a matter of expectation. I have no doubt that what you describe as a mild winter in Southcentral Alaska would bring Texas to a standstill.

  6. I want your view, PG. All I see is gray grass and plowed fields. But our current 72 degree weather makes up for it a little. 😉

  7. They do seem to be getting themselves all tangled up in each other though, don’t they?

    No snow here – le sigh – so thank you for the beautiful picture of your back yard, PG. 😀

  8. So beautiful, PG!

    There is something so beautifully eerie about a snow-covered landscape. Oddly, it gives me the sense time has slowed down . . .

  9. Where are the Others ?

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