The Holidays Are Over

January 24, 2013

Broken plastic Santa in the woods.

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Yes, it certainly does appear that the 2012-2013 Holiday Season has come to an end.  Students who have been taking classes during the Winter 2013 semester are mostly finished and the Spring 2013 semester is about to start.  It is hard to believe that this is the start of the “Spring” semester as we are in the midst of the coldest weather of the winter.  Over the past couple of days, temperatures have dipped well into the teens at night and they have not been that much warmer during the day.  Surely does give folks something about which to complain.

Oak leave covered with new fallen snow.

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Indeed, to confirm that it is still winter we had a nice dusting of snow early this morning. This particular snowfall was so dry that when walked upon, it squeaked.  As the Mid-Atlantic region usually gets a much wetter snow that is at once both heavier and harder to move, this light powder was a pleasure to see and feel.

Oh well, time to get back to work.

Take care.

2012: The Weather

January 9, 2013

Snow coming down in a back yard

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On December 26, 2012 we ran the weather gamut-the day started out cloudy, progressed to rain, then to snow (eventually accumulating a couple of inches), followed by freezing rain mixing with the snow, and then back to all rain.  The day finally ended with clouds, which is exactly where we had started.  (The snow in the above photograph was gone by evening.)  That seems to be the definition of “coming full circle”, doesn’t it?

Except that the overall weather pattern has not  come full circle, it has continued to angle up, which brings me to the first post of the new year.  2012 was a year to remember for many different reasons, some pleasant, some decidedly unpleasant, but, for me, the overall story was the weather and the ongoing issue of climate change.

As reported by The Weather Channel, NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center concluded that 2012 was the “warmest year on record for the United States”.  Indeed, according to the article:

“The average temperature for the Lower 48 States in 2012 (55.3 deg. F) bested the previous record warm year, 1998, by a full degree Fahrenheit, and was 3.2 degrees F above the long-term average in the 20th century.”  (weather.com)

Outdoor thermometer reading 50 degrees on January 9, 2013.

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Today, it is 50 degrees and is supposed to be warmer yet.  It is January 9. 2013.

Take care.