I don’t care what I read
in the newspapers:
This winter wasn’t “Cold!”
- I never wore a wool hat,
- Nor did I ever don gloves, and
- a single-layer fleece was more than fine.
Now if what they meant to write
was the “least warm” winter ever …
Then perhaps we’re getting a little warmer.
And quite literally so:
While we all focused on the “frigid” epic January freeze,
And the number of “cold nights” below 50° F
(I get chills just thinking about those) …
The truth is the 1970s were colder in that regard.
And the parameter that did us in
(or rather, put this winter in the record books)
was the lack of “warm days:”
Daytime highs only rarely broke above the “warm weather” 80° F mark.
From January through March,
Naples, Fla only broke above 80° F on 12 days.
The long-term average is 45, last year was 35 …
And five of the past eight years recorded over 50 such days.
Just don’t call it “cold!”
(Post script: Every day in April since the 1st has risen into the low 80s.)