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  •  We used to play hockey on the Detroit River. (5+ / 0-)

    As kids we would shovel and sweep clear a rink and play out there pretty much all winter long.
    There were ice fishing shanties all along the shoreline.
    We would ride snowmobiles up and down the river and the canals.
    In the spring we'd watch the icebreakers come through signalling the shipping season was approaching.
    Now there's hardly any ice, and anyone crazy enough to try ice fishing is taking a serious risk of falling through.

    I can see Canada from my house. No, really, I can.

    by DuzT on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 05:09:40 AM PST

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    •  I heard similar stories from relatives in PA (2+ / 0-)
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      They sold their Snow Mobiles in the lat 80s, when the snow stopped getting deep enough.

      I predict more ski slopes open for Mountain Bikers.

      •  60s and 70s Were Cold, 80s No Snow, 90s Blizzards (1+ / 0-)
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        The 60s through 80s actually were natural cycles right where they were supposed to be.  The blizzards of the last 18 years have been nor'easters off the ocean reaching as far inland as Ohio.  In PA through NY they now have nor'easter snow storms regularly around Halloween.

        There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

        by bernardpliers on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 09:00:37 AM PST

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      •  Was a river in Philly where we used to ice skate (1+ / 0-)
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        Pennypack Creek froze solid every winter, and when it did all the kids in the neighborhood would get out their ice skates and go down and skate. We had 20-30 kids skating at once, no problem.

        Now? It never freezes. Never.

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