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Is 46.1 Degrees Too Warm for a New York Winter Morning?

mother davisMother Davis sits at the kitchen table in her t-shirt and shorts as she ponders,

Is 46.1 degrees fahrenheit too warm for an Upstate New York winter morning?

I’m visiting a friend who has one of these new digital indoor-outdoor weather stations, with all sorts of information, like time, barometric pressure, wind speed, and temperature. It was the temperature that caught my eye this morning, when I woke up at 6:30 AM: It was 46.1 degrees.

My friend says it’s been like that almost the whole winter long. After a cold spell in late November and early December, it’s been in the 30s, 40s, 50s, and a few days even broke into the 60s. She seems appreciative, yet uneasy, about it.

I’ve talked to a few people about the strange warmth we’re having this winter. It’s not just in New York. The upper midwest, for example. which is used to proudly defying the bitterest American temperatures outside of Alaska, must make due this year with walking out the front door and saying, “Hm. Not that bad.”

There seem to be three different reactions people have. First, they love it, and hope that it lasts until April. Second, they wonder what will start to happen in April, if the summer will be a gruelling as the winter has been soft. Third, they wonder if, maybe, something is going very, very wrong to replace our daily snow shovelling ritual with balmy walks down the street.

I saw a tulip tree’s buds swelling today and wondered myself. I wondered what other people are seeing.

Feeling decidedly luke warm,
Mother Davis

7 thoughts on “Is 46.1 Degrees Too Warm for a New York Winter Morning?”

  1. Damen says:

    Here in Oklahoma City, we’ve been having the warmest winter in my 20 years of being alive. I think the record high we’ve had was 76 degrees fahrenheit. But it’s usually been in the high sixtiess or low seventies.

    To top it off, we’ve also been having a real bad drought lately and we really need some snow, but like the rain, there is none to be found. I remember waiting all year for winter, expecting cool weather and maybe the occasional snow. Not now. Feels like spring in December. Dollars to paceos says this summer is going to be hell on earth.

    Global warming at work.

  2. Laura says:

    Yep. It’s warm here in the Chicago area too. We just got some snow yesterday, but earlier in the week it was in the 50’s. It’s been very mild this whole season.

    I don’t like it. I want to freeze in the winter–that’s how I grew up and that’s how it’s supposed to be around here. You get cold in the Winter and then there’s a two week Spring and then you get stifling hot when Summer rolls around. Fall is beautiful.

    This is bad.

  3. Peregrin Wood says:

    How bad could it get? What would the consequences be if this became a new weather pattern? Kudzu taking over Central Park?

  4. Damen says:

    Well, if trends continue, my town will turn into a desert and will have rapid weather changes. Such as over night it’ll go from sixty degree weather to snowing, then it’ll be up in the fifties the next morning.

    On a more global scale, the icecaps will melt and there is a strong possibility of flooding of coastal towns with hurricanes all the more commonplace and will gain in strength. The gulf stream will either fade or change and that will cause the UK to grow colder and in the worst case, will no longer be able to support any population.

    Of course, these projections are just based on my observations to date. Such as what has been happening to my town, as well as the Antarctic and the gulf stream. I’ll do a little more research to see if my theories can be supported.

  5. Sarge says:

    Here in central PA our water supply for the summer is highly dependent on the winter snow. A geologist told me that the last two decades has really played hell with the water table levels, and if it goes down too far then we get some really bad problems besides drought.

  6. Mike says:

    Here in Northern California, we typically have wet winters…nothing that the extensive flood-protection system can’t normally handle. Normally. Typically. It has been VERY strange this year, with huge amounts of rain in a brief period of time, followed by a week or two of bright sunshine. I’ve lived here all my life, and, folks, this doesn’t happen in January. On a day that typically would have rain, or what we call here “Tule fog”(a kind of ground fog that lingers til April); I am looking out the window and seeing the sun shining. This isn’t right. This is bad. I’ve spoken with farmers in this area, and they are worried too. So should everyone. If you like to eat, this is cause for worry. Someone had better get their mind off their numbered Swiss account and start thinking about the planet…My God, I’ve turned into an Environmentalist! Who’d’a thunk it?
    PS My wife just pointed out to me that our Almond Tree has early crocuses…and if mine has ’em then all the almond orchards and walnut orchards we have, have them too. Portents for a bad crop year…

  7. Kristine says:

    Day after tomorrow???

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