reply to post by shortsticks
I was JUST talking to my dad and husband about this yesterday. I have seen quite a change over the past 6 months or so. I'm in Colorado, at an
elevation just short of 7000 feet, so I'm used to the sun being stronger here than when I lived in the Midwest. However, I've lived here for years
now, and I have to say, it is definitely stronger and/or brighter. I have gotten a sunburn every time I've gone outside in this warm weather, just
being outside for an hour. Sunscreen doesn't work and I have to wear it on my pale skin; it just doesn't work anymore on me or my children. I wear
sunglasses every time outside or in the car and I have a batch of freckles under my bottom eyelid now, never had these here before in my life, right
where the sunglasses cover. In December, I got a sunburn while riding passenger in my car during a 30 minute trip, and this is when there wasn't
even snow on the ground. My husband, who gets very dark in the sun, has been burned and freckled under the eyes as well. While this isnt necessarily
"proof" of anything, I will say nature itself, at least in my neighborhood, is reacting very strangely to the sun this spring.
We had a very early "greening" this spring. Last year, we didn't have leaves on trees until June. This year, we had full buds on trees at the end
of January, beginning of February, and all of the trees have full leaves on them now, as of the past couple of weeks. We have already cut the grass 3
times and pulled weeds a couple of times in the past couple of weeks, yet not much moisture.
Now, this is the crazy part.... it is the parts of the grass, trees, bushes, and flowers in the SHADE, that get indirect light, that are growing
wildly. The parts in the direct sunglight are bare or not growing very well, it's like the sun is too hot, too strong or something, like everything
is being burned or radiated. It is like the opposite of it usually is and should be. I have never noticed this before, ever, while living here.
Lastly, the sun seems to be out later than usual for this time of year. Sunset is around 7:45 pm, but it is not completely dark (much color remains
in the western sky and you can still see a bit outside) until well after 8:30 pm. This is what it should be like well into May. I wonder what the
high point of summer will be like?
Any other Coloradans notice this or even anyone else notice this?