Earlier this month (February 2017) the outdoor temperature was 77 degrees F.
Even in the previous month, January, the mercury often registered above 60 degrees — and rarely fell below high 40s to mid 50s.
This in East Tennessee! When I moved here in 1977, sub-zero temperatures were commonplace for January and even mid-February. (I remember being out at 3 a.m., delivering a morning newspaper. Then I prayed every day that the temperature would rise above 0 F.!)
Just checked my Weather Channel 15-day forecast. Starting Friday, temperatures will be in the 60s and 70s for almost all the rest of this month. It’s as if spring arrived a month and a half early.
Climate change is real. If you want to discuss whether it’s human-caused, I’ll listen. But don’t bother telling me it isn’t happening. The jonquils blooming in our yard know better!