Today January 20th is on average the coldest day in Cleveland and so I look on it as mid-winter. From now on, the days get warmer as we approach spring, and so this is a day which puts a song on my lips and joy in my heart, even though it is actually very cold and windy outside today.
An average Cleveland winter sees about 60 inches of snow so you would expect that we should have had around 30 inches already but so far we have had just 15.5 inches, consisting of just two major snowfalls. This is way less than I am used to. Last year too we had hardly any snow.
I must admit that while I like the fact that there is little snow (and especially fewer days of icy sidewalks and roads) my enjoyment is tempered by the fact that consecutive mild winters may be just one more sign of the effects of global warming and I worry about the long-range negative consequences of it. But I try to keep in mind that two years of local weather do not constitute proof of climate change and this may well be due to a statistical fluctuation without any further serious implications and that winter could come roaring back in future years.
But in honor of approaching spring, here are The Beatles singing Here Comes the Sun, a song that always makes me feel great.