Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Indian Summer Days of October, 2016

Yes, the weather has been absolutely incredible these last few days here in the Northeast, with record hot temperatures for this time of the year.

For that matter, I have somehow managed to spend more time than usual outside, walking around, these last few days. And why lie? It has felt incredible, and what a pleasure to walk around in very light clothing, and still feel very comfortable. A couple of times within that last week or so, I have gotten a longer lunch than usual, and spent a good deal of that extra free time outside, reading and walking, and just generally enjoying the outdoors to the greatest extent possible - at least for suburban northern New Jersey, anyway!

No complaints about it on a personal level from me.

Indeed, it has felt positively summer-like, despite it being well into autumn. When you go outside, it feels like it could be August or July, not approaching late October! I mean, it is less than two weeks until November!

Of course, this is a mixed bag, because we all know that temperatures are rising. And despite how nice it might feel to be outside in shorts and a t-shirt in October, like I was earlier today, the fact of the matter is that this is not exactly normal for this time of the year. We are well above normal temperatures for this time of the year and, for that matter, we are experiencing an increasingly serious drought. It is not as serious as the one out in California, or anything, although we have not seen anywhere near the normal levels of precipitation that we have by this point in the year.

So, this feels a bit like a mixed blessing. Something that most people will enjoy when they go outside, and saying things like, "Why can't it be like this all of the time?"

Fact of the matter is that the majority of the United States has recently been experiencing warmer than normal temperatures for this time of the year, although a cool down is expected. In some parts of the west, this warmth yielded to a cold front that saw snow!

Talk about strange weather lately!

In ant case, I just wanted to mention it, as again, I have somehow been in a position to enjoy it more than usual, given my busy work schedule between two jobs. It feels like a blessing on a personal level, but it also probably should be a warning for us on a collective, societal level. I do not see any senators in Washington bringing in snowballs into the Congress to disprove the global warming/climate change "theory" right now. 

Wonder why that is?

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