January 30, 2012

The Endless Spring

This winter season is yet another in a long string of mild winters. Tomorrow the temps in our area will hit the low 60s. Okay, so some folks don't like it when we say it's global warming, but, yeah, it is. If you want further evidence that the times they are a'changing, look at this map of plant hardiness zones put out by my brothers at USDA, my former employer of several decades.

Like the ever higher tides creeping in across the globe, the warmer air is creeping northward, claiming ever larger swathes of countryside. Just to keep it interesting, some areas are getting colder, which is in keeping with the overall understanding of the impact of climate change.

In my neck of the woods, the already long spring season will get a little longer. What's not to like about that?

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