reply to post by difsjf
Okay, how about a take from someone who lived the bulk of 20+ years in King and Pierce counties WA along with some time in Yakima County on the east
Amazingly enough IT DOES SNOW IN THE WINTER THERE.
When I was in high school I remember missing out on baseball tryouts because on April 1st (no, not a joke) we got 15" of snow in one night. We got
another 8" the next day. This was in Bonney Lake, WA. It continued to snow off and on for a few weeks. It was one of the worse snow storms they
had experienced in quite a while and I do remember some good ones from childhood.
Well, I graduated and joined the Army. While on tour I remember seeing a news story two years later about how the Pacific Northwest was getting
slammed with the worse snowstorm in recorded history. This time it was over 2' of snow in a day and it continued off and on for two weeks. Can't
remember the month though. My family would call me and let me know how bad it was. Power outages everywhere. Then when I had moved back and was
living in my own home in Tacoma in 1996 we had a great winter blast. The winter had been extremely mild up to this one day. We got 8" of snow that
night and my wife and I (and her brother) rushed out to the hills to get some sledding in. For the next two weeks we were encased in ice. Everything
looked like crystal. Over an inch of ice on everything. It was pretty but very dangerous.
Then we went through a stretch of a little bit of snow off and on until we moved to Ohio in 2007. That's quite a few years without a significant
snow storm. The average was about one nice winter blast every 5 to 8 years for the Pacific Northwest, including the Skagit Valley where I did a lot
I could go on about some of the unusual summers as well. A summer where we had massive humidity (which, as many will find hard to believe, we
wouldn't get much of in that area of the country) and the temps were in the 90s but felt like in the 100s. Then that same year we actually topped
100. I believe it was close to 2003ish. Then the next year was crap. I think we had record rainfall and not a single day over 85.
In other words, it's called a weather pattern. I don't know how long your mother has been on this planet but I can remember many winters of having
to drive in nasty snow in the Skagit Valley. Not saying that you are lying, just that we tend to forget just how bad things are. A common statement
that I hear every year from friends and family when they get sick is, "I've never been this sick before in my life." When the fact of the matter
is that the mind tends to forget just how bad things have been before and your focus is on the here and now.
Yes, you guys are in a heat wave right now. I've been talking with family and they are saying how bad it is. But I do remember a few years back
where we were forced to actually buy an air conditioner/heat pump for our house. That's how bad it was then. We had over 25 days straight of 80+
heat and that is not common for WA. Well, Western Washington at least.
I have explored all sides of this 'global warming' fiasco that we find ourselves in. I have researched about the last time this huge push came
about in the 60's era. The same crap was being said with the same kind of figures being released about the planet getting hotter. Then we went
through a prolonged cold stretch. Then we warmed up again. Then cooled off again.
Right now, out of the three summers I have been in Ohio this is by far the coolest. By this point the last couple of years we were blasting our air
conditioner just to be able to sleep. There were many stretches where we actually chose to sleep on the couches because the AC couldn't cool the
upstairs enough for comfort. I don't believe we have seen more than 2 days over 90 this year so far. Does it mean our system is screwed up? No.
I'm not sold on us humans being responsible for disrupting the weather patterns of this planet. We go through cycles. We always will go through
cycles. There's a reason for it.