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winter's here, almost a month early

Maybe the Storm Chaser sequel should be about a blizzard instead of a tornado; I've got plenty of experience with snowstorms. We got clobbered pretty good last night by half a foot or snow of wet, heavy snow on top of a couple of inches of rain -- lots of slide-offs, power outages, trees down and such. It's not over yet, either: The roads are in horrible shape.

I have a feeling the Midwest is about to have the kind of winter the East Coast had last year.



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Nov. 30th, 2011 08:46 am (UTC)
I hope not because I live in the Midwest and not looking forward winter at all this year.
Nov. 30th, 2011 11:58 am (UTC)
Then what the heck are the two of us still doing here??? :-)
Dec. 1st, 2011 08:30 am (UTC)
This is where my friends and family are so I guess that is why I am here plus I can't afford to move out of state. LOl
Dec. 1st, 2011 11:12 am (UTC)
Exactly my reasons!
Nov. 30th, 2011 09:05 am (UTC)
It looks like we only got a dusting so far.
Dec. 1st, 2011 06:53 am (UTC)
Oh, your turn will come!
Nov. 30th, 2011 01:56 pm (UTC)
Well, if I'd ever want to move from Scandinavia, I definitely wouldn't move to the US Midwest. Too far from the sea, for starters. ;-)
Dec. 1st, 2011 06:53 am (UTC)
Two of the Great Lakes are less than a two hour drive from where I live, so getting to a really big body of water isn't a problem for me. But speaking as someone who's swam in both -- too darn cold!
Dec. 1st, 2011 03:00 pm (UTC)
See, I hear the foghorn from the Öresund and I can smell the sour seaweed when I go for walks. And seagulls are a bit annoying when they're breeding, let me tell you. Also, the Baltic isn't comfortable to swim in until late July/early August each year. My brother goes sauna-ing in winter, but he's a bit masochistic.
Dec. 1st, 2011 03:00 pm (UTC)
Of course, we do have the North Atlantic Current feeding off the Gulf Stream...
Dec. 3rd, 2011 04:31 pm (UTC)
The climate change experts say fresh water ice melt might interrupt the Gulf Stream, stopping some of the warmer water from coming north. That would be a very bad thing for both you and me ...
Dec. 3rd, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC)
Well... Greenland is named just that FOR A REASON: IT WAS A LAND THAT WAS GREEN way back when Norse people colonised it, but they couldn't farm all that well there for long, IIRC. Earth is a living entity, and it changes by itself, in relation to our sun and our galaxy, though the living beings on it makes it worse sometimes. We just don't know to what extent. The ones who say they do are most probably lying. And I'm not sure I trust any of the so-called "climate change experts".

The tectonic plates are drifting, too... so it's not really evident (to me; must read up) where Scandinavia is going to be in the future. And I'll be long gone before that happens, in any case. As for my relatives' (and, it's to be hoped, my) descendants, I'll keep hoping it'll turn out OK.
Dec. 4th, 2011 12:19 am (UTC)
Isn't it amazing how few people realize that our climate has *always* been changing? I don't personally believe human beings have near the power to effect the entire earth over the long term as we think we do (although I'm not a fan of pollution, either), but I don't trust anything that comes out of the mouth of a politician or people who depend on politicians for their paychecks.
Dec. 3rd, 2011 04:30 pm (UTC)
We get all that along the Great Lakes -- even the foghorns, sometimes! -- but I would assume the smell is different, since you have salt water. Sometimes we see seagulls near my home; I don't know if they're hopping the smaller lakes to this area, or what. And you're right about them getting annoying! The good thing about the relatively smaller lakes closer to my home is that they get a lot warmer in summer than the Great Lakes do, but as a cold weather hater I still only go swimming at about the same time it's comfortable for you over there. Overall, I think you've got the advantage over us when it comes to the water.
Dec. 3rd, 2011 05:30 pm (UTC)
Hee. I don't mind the cold, but it does get a wee bit windy here. And rainy, and it's the DARK damp, rainy windchill that's the hardest for outsiders to cope with when they come here. And well, for us who are born and bred to the dark, damp, rainy and windy place, too.

I spent about 7 months in the middle of France (well, Lyon, which admittedly isn't in the middle of France as such, but it's far from the sea) 2000-2001, and I couldn't breathe properly as I'm accustomed to the salty sea, though the Öresund (and for that matter, the Baltic proper) isn't as salt as say, the coast of Jutland.
Dec. 4th, 2011 12:16 am (UTC)
It all depends on where we were raised and what we got used to. I do pretty well here with our warm, humid summers ... I suspect I wouldn't fare well in a very dry climate. I still can't stand our winters, though.
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