Sunday, February 05, 2006

Local Signs of Global Warming

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Photo: Trees Budding In First Week of February 2006

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Photo: Jerome, Illinois Trees Effected By Global Warming

While temperatures continue to seesaw between Winter, and Spring the overall trend has been warmer temperatures. Warmer temperatures have been so persistent this winter that trees have already started budding.

I can not recall ever having seen trees in this area of the United States budding this early in the year. The photographs included with this post show buds on an elm tree in Jerome, Illinois.

Saturday, February 4th, 2006 it snowed, but only very lightly - with no recorded precipitation. My daughter asked me why it snowed. I explained it was Winter, but she responded by saying that it was already February!

In her generation's perception February is starting to look like the start of Spring!

My brother, on the other hand, said to me last weekend, "When we were kids it snowed".

That comment struck me as interesting, because Dave of The11thhour said exactly that same thing recently.

Children just thirty years ago would go out with shovels during the winter, walking from door to door we'd offer to shovel driveways, and sidewalks for five dollars each. By the time we'd return home, slightly frostbit, our pockets we be stuffed with money. This was common activity for this part of the Midwest - that and helping push cars back onto the road, and out of snow dunes.

Still there are those who insist to this day that global warming isn't taking place - including a Bushite I know who insist that global warming is still being debated.

Folks, the only people still debating whether global warming is taking place are corrupt, on the take politicians who are in the pockets of oil-coal-auto industry lobbyist.

For the rest of us who have lived long enough to know better global warming is as real as the buds on the trees this February of 2006!

1 comment:

Marie said...

We used to go ice skating in various slews along the shore of Lake Springfield. My kids never knew the joy of skating on the lake, and a blazing bon fire to warm your toes by afterwards. Except through stories and old photographs.

Whenever the subject of how Lake Springfield no longer freezes comes up in conversation, someone invariably makes the argument that it's because of the power plant. Heh, even I make that argument. Those turbines keep the lake warmer than it did 30 or 40 years ago. Hence, the hot ditch, eh?

We used to also go skating on the lagoon at Bunn Park. It was really neat because it often froze solid all the way across. Well, almost all the way across. You could easily see where the ice was thin.

I can't remember the last time that pond froze. And, as far as I know, there are no turbines over there.

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