I don’t know if it’s global warming or cooling, don’t know if it’s long-term climate change, man-made or just a freak natural occurrence, but my corner of the world has gotten colder and rainier over the past few years. And yes, I know, it’s the Pacific Northwest—it’s cold and rainy. But I moved here back in the mid-90s and I remember the weather being very different: milder temps in the winter and summer, more sun in the spring.
Now, the winters are getting frostier. We are running the heat more. January-style rain and wind continue through the spring and all the way into the start of summer, with cold snaps which threaten our backyard veggie garden. The weather is very unstable, with more thunderstorms and hail, more sudden storms. When the sun finally does kick in, things turn hot quickly. I have memories (maybe delusional ones?) of weeks and weeks of temps in the 70s…now they go from highs in the mid-50s straight into the upper 80s, and in turn we end up running the AC more than we used to.
Again, I don’t necessarily see any kind of abnormal trend here. For all I know, this is a natural process of climate flux. (I’m still hoping it’s temporary). All I know is that our climate is gradually becoming more of a northern one. I have sometimes fantasized of living in Scandinavia, but come on. Still, even if there is an Ice Age apocalypse approaching, the Northwest remains a lot milder than most places out there. I just miss the perfectly temperate Paradise I remember…or, perhaps, have only imagined in a fit of nostalgia.