While it is true that I do have a reputation of complaining about the warmth and lack of snowcover this winter, what frightens me even more as a Chicagoan is the fact that this hot, muggy winter will indeed produce more bugs (i.e. wasps, house flies, asian beetles, cobwebs, etc.), along with the fact that summer could start as early as March and not ending until at least October. Why is that the case? Here are my reasons:
1. This winter has not produced a good freeze so far. The water temperature at Lake Michigan is still above 32 degrees Farenheit.
2. The lack of snow cover has not provided enough moisture so far in the atmosphere. Typically, when you get lots of snow cover, the grass becomes moist and saturated with water, thus providing some cooling later during the spring and summer, especially when we have stormy periods. This year has been the exception. Therefore, the grass is showing some signs of brown, and it could result in a severe drought (Hint: 1988, 2005).
3. The warm winter temperatures increase our chances of having early unseasonsable warmth for the rest of this winter and into spring. It would not surprise me to see temperatures in the 60′s and even 70′s from late February into March (akin to 2000), along with April and May being in the 80′s and 90′s as well as June through possibly October being in the 90′s and 100′s.
I know what I am saying on this forum lacks any evidence, or sources from other long range forecasting, and I may be exaggerating here, and I hope I am wrong on these counts. But to be honest, tis is my hunch of what I think will happen the rest of this year. My only hope to God is that the Winter of 2012-2013 will be a little cooler, if not colder than this winter has been. Thank you and have a great day.