You might remember that I've been bellyaching (for instance in the recent "Lamb of Spring" post) about the cold here. Well, turns out February 2015 in Southeastern Wisconsin was the sixth-coldest on record and the coldest since 1936, so at least I wasn't just imagining it.
But now this whole week has been one long serene and blissful thaw—along with an orderly melting of the snowpack, which is almost gone save for big drifts and places protected from Southern exposure. And today it's been as warm as 67°F (19.4°C), with bright sun, blue skies, and a gentle balmy breeze. I shoveled snow off the deck in my shirtsleeves, and, just for fun, took an iPhone snap of myself sunbathing*.
I think it was Amory Lovins, co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute, who proposed that the term "global warming" should be retired and "global weirding" adopted instead. It is seductive, though—winter might have more in store for us yet, but this is one of the most satisfying arrivals of Springtime I can remember.
Just thought I should say, so you don't think I just like to complain all the time.
*Yes, another selfie. I know, I'm worried too.
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Patrick: "That's you? When I first glanced at the photo I was wondering why you had posted a picture of John Goodman."
Mike replies: It's maybe not the most flattering angle. But I am not nearly as fearless in that regard as Lee Friedlander.