Did I Sleep Through Winter?
I wish I had some pictures to post but my computer crashed and I am writing this on my old laptop with the OS of Windows 95, which cannot handle photos.
A couple of weeks ago it seemed Winter had begun. We had a couple of nice snow storms which left a foot of snow on the ground. We were all prepared to settle into Winter routines and looking forward to Winter activities of snowmobiling, ice fishing, skiing, snowshowing, Winter camping, etc.
Well! It is all gone. After several days of warm weather and rain the snow is gone, the mud is back and we are tempted to go outside without being properly dressed. And we are facing a green Christmas, almost unheard of here. Not long ago, I read that in 50 years the climate here may be like it is in Tennessee. This must be a little foretaste. It feels like Spring! Who know the bears may crawl out of their dens before long.
I am sure some Winter will finally come. For use, in the southern most part of the North, it is an inconvenience , or even a relief, but in the far North on the James Bay coast it is a major disruption of their life style. The temperature there is as much as 16C degrees above normal. They need it to be cold enough to build Winter roads across the tundra in order to get a years supply of food and equipment shipped in. It also makes it difficult to get on the land for hunting and trapping.
Maybe I should go back to bed and when I wake up Winter may be here for real!