Low Snow So Far
Contrary to the media feeding frenzy it has not been a particularly hard winter nor have we gotten a lot of snow as was ominously predicted by certain almanacs.
Getting a blast of arctic air is normal during the winter and we have certainly not gotten even close to the coldest we’ve ever had in the >25 years I’ve been recording temperatures here on Sugar Mountain. Note that down in the valleys it may get even colder since cold air settles into pockets. I’ve carefully laid our farm out to take advantage of this cold drain effect so we don’t over chill in gardens or animal winter paddocks.
For comparison, very often, perhaps normally, we get snow up the side of this building to the roof of the porch and it has even reached the 4′ higher attic roof. Typically we have a lot more cold days and nights. In the north country it is typical to have porches or sheds on the sides of buildings in part to act as an air lock and also to give a way of getting out when the snows get deep so the bank is not pushing against the door.
Mind you I’m not complaining about the warm winter. I do not mind the shallow snows as they’re much easier to work in. Although I do want enough snow pack to refill the mountain springs for summer. I’ve seen a couple of years back in the 1970’s and 1980’s where we had less snow and I’ve seen years when the porch and kitchen were both completely buried in snow. There were years when the cold came in through the walls for weeks on end in the farm house, showing where every nail and post was in the wall since they conduct better than insulation. There were warm winters like the last few. This year is middling.
Last summer’s hurricane season was quiet, against the alarmists predictions, and this winter is cooler than recent but not as cold as a little back of that so it means nothing, neither for alarmists nor deniers. It’s just cyclic. In 1938 we had a far worse hurricane as well as at the beginning of the 1900’s and in the 1800’s. There have been years we’ve gotten down to -45°F which I certainly don’t miss. We’re coming out of an ice age historically and I would rather not return to that.
Quite frankly, this year is neither an indicator of global warming or cooling. It says nothing. Rather, if it says anything it tells us that things are normal. The alarmists and deniers both need to chill out. In fact, I wish they would stop wasting time and money bickering and trading carbon credits (a false economy) and instead work on solving real toxic pollution problems of which CO2 and methane do not qualify. Toxic pollution is the real problem, the real threat to our environment and thus ourselves and other species. The world has been warmer and cooler before but PCBs, Dioxins and things like that are doing real damage.
This year is simply within the variation we’ve seen for the last century and not as bad as times before that when the entire town that was here on our land depopulated because of multiple cold years in a row that caused crop failures in the 1800’s. Unfortunately the public has a short memory and the media doesn’t help. Saying things are normal doesn’t sell newspapers or ad space so they hype-hype-hype when they need to learn to put on an extra layer and get back to work.
There are still several months of winter to go and we’ll see how this year pans out. I predict it will be within the range or normal. That’s generally the best bet. But I’m always prepared for the extremes just incase. Winter is what we get through so that we can spend the summer preparing for next winter.
Outdoors: -1°F/-25°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 62°F/55°F
Daily Spark: Keep Cool. Void Where Prohibited. Walk on the Grass.