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The Green, Green, Grass of Winter

January 7, 2013 - Steve Schulwitz
I know how badly we need snow and rain to bring local water levels back to a more normal level, but as I look out the window by my desk and see more green grass than snow, I can honestly say it doesn't suck. In fact I'm starting to get used to the warm and dry winter months and a return to winters that are more severe will seem much worse than what they actually are.

The odd weather patterns we have seen over the last several winters which has led to little snow accumulation are continuing and later this week we could approach record high temperatures in some parts of the state. Forecasters say Northeast Michigan could reach the low 40's and areas a little more south could reach 50 degrees. Not good for the lakes and agriculture, but great for those of us who aren't fond of cold and snow.

My boss Steve Murch shared an interesting fact he had read in a news article with me last week. He read that it would take eight-feet of snow just to bring the lakes back to pre-drought levels. Call me crazy, but I think odds of winning the lottery are better than getting that much snow in one winter. In fact, if this course continues we may not get eight-feet of snow in the next five years. Which is really not funny, because I can only imagine how bad the condition the lakes will be in if that would be the case.

I have talked to several weather professionals and people who are experts on the Great Lakes and most of them agree the current weather is just part of a cycle and things will return to normal over time. How long of a period of time that is, well they aren't so certain about that. Some blame global warming and as much as I was skeptical of the idea in the past, I'm becoming a believer. In fact, I believe so much I'm tempted to tune-up the lawnmower and break out the camper.

Well, maybe not yet....


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