Last winter of 2013-2014 was persistent, long, unmelting, and relentless. It began on November 15th where I live with blowing snow and all the appearance of a blizzard. In recent times one could sometimes experience the period November 15th to December 15th without snow, which means, for those of you who do not live here, a month when no boots were required, where your shoes were actually sufficient. If it snows on November 15th then you have an added month of winter, which you never get back by an earlier spring.
Do you know why our shoes last so long? Because for five months a year we are in winter boots!
November 15th to April 15th is five full months.The snow was so deep farmers could not get into their maple sugar bushes for the first weeks of the sap run.
When it thawed, the snow turns into a raging torrent in every stream, but the many broken tops of trees can block the streams, slowing the water, filling the channels with gravel, and sending water out of the stream bed across the land in new paths. One of the challenges this past weekend was to get the stream back into its bed, which involves chainsaws and shovels. A good activity in the cold rain, because it is way too early to garden.
This past weekend the temperature has varied from +2c to 10C. It looks here like winter in Missouri, I imagine. Brown grass, a touch of green here and there, and a few brave spikes of green flowers emerging from cold ground.
I guess the last huge piles of shovelled snow melted about a week or two ago, though you can still see in parking lots some scattered remnants of ice, the pathetic left-overs of immense snow hills where large machines push the stuff to keep the rest of the parking lot open. A picture taken in March shows the snow beside our driveway nearly as high as my wife.
The amazing aspect of all this persistent cold across northern North America is that it has not slowed, stopped or reduced, so far as I can tell, any of the relentless drivel about global warming. Yes, I am aware that weather is not climate, and one bad winter does not global cooling make. Nevertheless, one wonders when any evidence whatever will start to sink in.
Some Protestant fundamentalists cannot accept the evolution of species. No amount of evidence seems sufficient to disturb their faith that the world was created some thousands of years ago by direct divine fiat. Likewise, the warmists are engaged in elaborate theories of what kind of vast psychosis is required to deny man-made global warming.
I look out my window on the brown grass, with hues of green emerging, and ask: when will it get warmer? And will any evidence by enough to cause them to question what is their essentially religious faith?
You cannot reason a man out of a position that was never reasoned in the first place.