Okay, on the way to school today my daughters and I were discussing Global Warming. According to the EPA, since the mid 1970s, the average surface temperature has warmed about 1°F. And unless we all change the way we live, greenhouse gas concentrations are very likely to continue to raise the Earth's average temperature over the next century. In fact, looking at it in a negative light, the EPA says: The average surface temperature of the Earth is likely to increase by 2 to 11.5°F by the end of the 21st century, relative to 1980-1990, with a best estimate of 3.2 to 7.2°F.
What brought this topic on? Well, snow days of course! They were both complaining about the lack of snow days so far this year. (Today was their first day back after Christmas break). But it did get me to thinking. We've had the most mild winter here in Ohio. It's been so strange. Today it's to be in the thirties. Looking outside it could be early spring for goodness sake! That's not to say we won't still get a load of snow. February--March could bring nothing but snow. Ohio weather has always been just a little strange. Nevertheless, I still think this has been the craziest winter yet. Heck, I wouldn't even call it winter!
So it got me curious if any of you have noticed a difference since you were a kid? Do you remember the winters being colder?
I'd swear we used to get tons of snow growing up. Didn't we?? We went ice skating, sledding, the works. We were always outside freezing our butts off, playing. And the only time we had a 'snow day' was if half the state was buried under a foot of the fluffy stuff. These days the kids get a two hour delay if we get an inch of snow. Two inches and I swear the state is in a state of emergency. And you tell them to go outside, it's nice out, get some exercise. They look at you like you're crazy. "Mom, it's freezing!"
And as to those oh so wonderful snow days the kids want so badly...I keep trying to tell them not to count on those, because even if we do get some snow days this year, the school will just take away Spring Break. But, they're kids. All they see is the now. LOL
***Also, don't forget my HOT HOT menage (f/f/m) releases tomorrow, Burn