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Where is the Winter Weather?

As we all know weather is the topic of conversation everywhere. Given the recent warm spell, the following statement/ question is most appropriate…… it certainly is on many minds.

My husband and I are in complete awe these days, because the weather in Washington DC has been totally unbelievable. It is going to be in the 80s and upper 70s this week. The temperature will go down to the mid 60s by the end of the week, and we have not had any significant rainfall for a number of days. The rain we had on Friday night did not ease the drought at all. What’s going on? I do not think we are going to have a very cold season or any significant snowfalls in 2008. What’s you take?

I am both appreciative and amazed by the stretch of warm weather. My oil dealer is not smiling but having warm weather in October is not totally unusual. Every day the national media talks about Global Warming, droughts, etc. We are all sensitive to the fact that it has been dry in the Southeast and West. The significant rains of last week can’t replace everything overnight. It isn’t possible. For that to happen we will need many days of slow absorbing rain. Years ago, we would worry if we got so much great weather in the summer and fall that we might pay for it this winter. The heat and drought is a real concern. But I have seen it before and I know it will happen again. I can’t base winter on what is happening in October. We have 60 days before winter arrives. I am sticking with the Farmers’ Almanac call for cold and snow on the East Coast. It is interesting to see the systems change. Look at Denver and the snows they have experienced. Should make for an interesting World Series. Pitchers may be throwing snowballs. My take is that it is too early to say that it won’t be cold and no snow for the winter. A lot will happen and I am as interested as anyone in seeing what develops.

My best advice is to open the windows and take in the pleasant temperatures while it is here. We may be longing for these days during the winter months.

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