Last night, I woke up to a sound that was at once peaceful and confusing. Normally, I love the sound of rain on the roof, splashing against my windows, occasionally punctuated with the sound of distant thunder. That I heard those sounds on the last Tuesday in January, however, was confusing.
I look outside today at a landscape that’s more befitting April than January. Only the lack of golfers will be the difference. Instead of a landscape frozen with snow, with cars and roads covered in a thick protective layer of salt, dead grass, mud, and barren trees rule my view.
It’s easy to claim the reactionaries are out in full force when you begin to blame climate change, but there’s no doubting that something seems to have changed. Twenty years ago, we were snowbound until early April. Last year, I golfed on my birthday in March. I find golf to be an inadequate substitute for skiing, as well. Fewer snow bunnies and hot toddies, to be sure.
More snow will come, for sure. The weather report states that the high temperature for today is 60 °F. The high temperature for four days from now is 10 °F, with flurries predicted. But the resumption of winter is little consolation to the skiers, snowboarders, snowmobilers, and skaters who will have to combat with bases melted by a spring rain in January.