How would you feel if Kentucky didn’t have snowy winters?
This is a rather interesting phenomenon, if you ask me. I have a friend who hates cold weather but loves the snow. Go and conclude. She will wear a jacket if the temperature drops below 80 but loves the sight of a white blanket.
I? I can live with cold and snow… under certain conditions. For starters, there’s no point in the kind of deep freeze we endured last December when temperatures were hanging in the double digits. Secondly, the snow is good; It is the only thing that makes winter beautiful. But when there’s 14 inches of stuff or it comes with ice on the roads, I get out. In fact, I don’t want any winter rain on the roads. From my lips to God’s ears, right?
The El Niño phenomenon may give us a winter that some people do not like
I know a lot of people who feel exactly what I feel. And I know a lot of people who wish we could move from fall to spring. Of course, it doesn’t work that way. But how would these people feel if we didn’t have much of a winter? By that I mean, how would they – or anyone else – feel if we didn’t have so many snowy winters? Check this out:
This is a typical El Niño pattern, and may not always appear the way it does on this map. But Kentucky is experiencing an El Niño phenomenon this year for the first time in four years. La Niña is another possible weather phenomenon, which brings more snow and wet weather in the winter months.
Here’s the actual prediction on how El Niño will affect us here in Kentucky this winter:
El Niño could also give us the winter that many people desire
Here’s the thing – no, I’m not getting into the climate change debate; God forbid – we’ve seen Tornado Alley shift, over the years, from the Midwest to the Deep South. Some of those tornadoes that have occurred in Alabama and Mississippi over the past few years have been catastrophic.
All I’m saying is, how would you feel if we went through a shift like this in terms of snow? What if it’s a long time before we see “decent” snowfall again? That’s all I ask. Since we have had several years in a row where La Niña was responsible, why not El Niño?
Honestly, I’m not sure how I’ll feel if I don’t see another snowfall. And I don’t think I can determine how I’ll feel until it actually happens. I certainly have no interest in this happening again.
It happened on January 17, and we are approaching the 30th anniversary of that monster. Wouldn’t it be ironic if it was short sleeve shirt weather on January 17th? I can already hear a lot of people saying: “This is good for me.”
But is that okay with you?
(Source: Lexington Herald-Leader)
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