« Last post by southcove on April 24, 2017, 01:02:22 pm »
Was reading and thinking about a post Moondog made about all of us having a real winter again, next year. Maybe.
Collected some notes from some publications I was reading recently.
For instance. According to the "Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies", between 1975 and 2005 average temperatures increased by 2.1 degrees in February, 2.3 degrees in January and 3.4 degrees in December.
Lake Champlain froze about two weeks later than it did in the early 1800s and about 9 days later than just year 1900. The lake froze over all but three years in the 1900s, now in the last 40 years, according to a Nature Conservancy report, the lake has frozen only about 50% of those years.
Park temperatures routinely dipped into the -30F and lower, with only one or two warm ups/thaws during the season. Now those temperatures are much more rare and the thaws much more frequent. Places that thrive and depend on snow, like Old Forge (and snowmobilers and their trail permits and spending in town) have seen lots less snow (this year) fewer trail permits sold, fewer hotel beds rented, restaurant patronage down, lower sales tax revenues, etc. One year permits and registrations by the snowmachine crowd were off by 30%. According to a newsletter stories from NYS Snowmobilers Association
Anecdotally I can relate to some of that during my winter journeys north to the ADK park since 1980 or so. The number of times that I chose not to travel up because of extreme temperature conditions has dropped tremendously. Now, my travel tends to be dictated by no snow, no ice or slush...or rain.
While downhill ski areas have really upped the ante with computerized automated snow making equipment, us rather low tech winter camper guys have to make do with what we find on the ground and lakes.
Climate change, whether you are a believer in the man-made component of it or not, is real. How we adopt and adapt will be the real boots on the ground story for the majority of us.
My brothers up in Alaska have talked for years about a general 'softening' of the winters up there, that includes all the way to the Arctic Ocean, where both have spent plenty of time.
(Climate change) Even in Alaska, huh?! Go figure.