This isn’t a climate change post but who knows where the comments will take it? The day is young!
No, this is sort of how I am. If you know me in person, you know that I tend to be extremely reserved with people when I first meet them and it can take a long time for me to loosen up. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is true of most of us here, really.
During that awkward “get to know you” period, it’s a fact that 100% of my laughable attempts to carry on a conversation with any human being will inevitably turn into a discussion about the weather within, oh, 45 seconds. I honestly cannot find anything to discuss with most people, and before you ask, I absolutely will not discuss politics in public with acquaintances. People are just too deranged these days.
“But Thrill, you have so many wonderful opinions and you share them in such an articulate manner. I can’t believe that you would be at a loss for words in a conversation,” people in my imagination say to me all the time.
To which I reply, “Yeah, but when people are talking to me, I’m not listening and just worrying about my garden lettuce, which isn’t going to do so well without cooler temperatures and more rain.”
So in that spirit of some of us getting to know each other and me being mildly antisocial, let’s talk about this weather.
Spring is well ahead of schedule across much of the southern United States, in some cases by at least two to three weeks. An early spring may sound nice, but it comes with serious consequences—both to human health and the environment.
The warm temperatures means that early-season disease carriers such as mosquitoes and ticks can start to settle in; consequently, this could herald a bad year for the spread of Zika and Dengue. An early spring can also affect allergy sufferers, who have to deal with a prolonged pollen season.
We were hitting the upper-60’s and 70’s in the last couple of weeks, which is freakish for my Midwestern city in February.
Pluses: None of my seasonal affective disorder (if that’s really a thing), I’ve saved gas money by not warming up the car in the morning, and my kids are staying healthy.
Minuses (aside from the apocalyptic attitude of NOAA): My garden is going to suck this year for lack of precipitation, those damn oak mites are going to come back, and I’m probably going to have to screw with digging out the summer wardrobe a month early.
How is Zeus doing by you? I swear I’ll be trying to look interested as I read the forecast.