Isn't that what some folks have been saying all along though, that a warm cycle will usher in a new ice age?
All I know for sure is that where I live the weather is very, very strange. We had green grass, sunny skies, temperatures in the seventies, in the
middle of January. The ground JUST froze, just last week or the week before, and it's coming up on February. The plants and animals are confused as
Hell, just like us.
That's freakin' strange for the area where I live (NE USA). We've gotten used to some pretty strange weather in these parts, but nothing like this
- it's all folks are talking about on the street, at work, at the store. We haven't had any snow to speak of, and it's just now gotten cold enough
that some snow is sticking. We had some flurries at the end of last week, and there are still patches on the ground, but that's it. Usually we have
snow on the ground from just after Halloween until spring.
People can't believe what's happening, even the old folks who, having a larger data set to work with, are usually the last to classify something as
strange when it comes to the weather. You know what I mean, if someone starts talkin' about the freak blizzard you just had, some old timer pipes up
and reminds everyone of the great blizzard of ought-six, or whatever, that dumped four feet in seventeen hours at the onset of October. It's always
been my experience anyway. The elderly folks I talk with are just as confused.
I remember one time I told my dad about a snow storm in Manhattan that was quite bad, to the point where some people were digging out their cars (I
had never seen snow like that in the city, usually it was too warm to stick). He countered me with a story about a time when he was younger, working
on Wall Street, and he was able to walk from midtown to the financial district, right down the middle of one side of Park Ave - during peak commute
Anyway, I'm up in the mountains, and even the old folks don't know what to make of this. Between one week and the next we saw temperatures pushing
seventy, and then down to about ten below zero. It's very strange.
Obviously the common folks don't know a thing about ten thousand year weather cycles, so their comments are to be taken with a grain of salt, but any
way you slice it, this weather is unstable. Whether it ushers in an ice age or not, I wouldn't be surprised at anything at this point.
Seriously, nothing would surprise me at this point. If the sky were to crack open, and a giant purple platypus were to come down on a golden
surfboard to proclaim dominion over the earth, it wouldn't seem odd to me - that would feel like par for the course, with what's been going on.