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  •  And just this morning on NPR (16+ / 0-)
    It's the season of the Polar Bear Plunge, when many Americans take a challenge to leap into icy water. If they can find cold water. In Rehoboth Beach, Del., people leaped into ocean water that was 47 degrees — the warmest on record.

    Another cautionary tale, told entirely without any cautioning message.  

    Here in the Puget Sound area, we're having downright balmy May weather in February - some people are actually walking around in shorts.   On our walk yesterday, we'd be greeted with "What a lovely day!" and answer, "Yeah, but it's scary to have this nice of weather in February".  We got scowls in return.  Or they point to our recent snowstorm and say "We did have some winter weather!", but again, they don't like it when I point out that this year's 'Arctic Storm' brought snow and ice, yes, but temperatures that never dropped below 29 degrees.  Arctic storms in prior years were COLD.

    People really don't want to think about it - they just want to enjoy the sun.

    Can't never did nothin'; Can Do did!

    by susanWAstate on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 10:13:41 AM PST

    •  Last year we were digging out of a huge snowstorm (2+ / 0-)
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      that just replaced the snow we removed a week before. I said "if this is the new norm, I'm out of here". (upstate NY)

      What nice mild winter weather this year! I'm taking my dog for a nice long walk in 50 degree weather. I just remind myself and anyone else who says "great" that 1)we'll pay for it with a buggier spring and summer, 2) hopefully tender fruit tree buds won't get hit by a killing frost between now and May, 3) the lack of snow won't impact water tables too much, and 4) the life cycles between insects and birds will not be impacted.

      In other words, I love this weather and can deal with it, I don't know if the world I love can deal with it.

      “The first principle [in science] is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.” Richard Feynman

      by the fan man on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 12:53:31 PM PST

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      •  Cold snap in a few days. (2+ / 0-)
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        If you're north of the NYC exurbs, tomorrow it will be 15 degrees cooler, and then you'll lose another 10-15 degrees for the weekend, with lows down around 10.

        Enjoy.

        "Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." -- Lucille Ball

        by Yamaneko2 on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 02:19:38 PM PST

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        •  See? That's not good for fruit tree buds. We're (0+ / 0-)

          going to be in the 40s for a few days, then hit 30s during the day, 18 at night. Still very reasonable considering what we've had so far. We could still have a hell of a winter, the time spent there will be much shorter.

          “The first principle [in science] is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.” Richard Feynman

          by the fan man on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 02:26:10 PM PST

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