The Ozarks experienced a weather phenomenon we haven’t seen in awhile: persistent sub-freezing temperatures. Shortly before Christmas the temperatures dropped, some snow fell, and the air remained very cold for about three weeks.
I absolutely love the cold and snow. What could be more beautiful or tantalizing than the fresh show crystals gleaming in the sun? I’ve always loved playing in it, and shoveling it, and just watching and listening. Nature sounds so different in the snow. Much quieter, clearer – the noises are brighter to my ears.
What distresses me is the number of people who complain about winter. The past few years we have not even had a winter, and yet people complained about what little we had, and how they wished it would end. Yes, this winter is cold, but it does not last long here in the Ozarks, and, the way the climate is changing, it will continue to be a rare event.
The sad truth is, with climate change, those people are getting their wish. Winter is ending. Our global temperatures are rising, disrupting the historic seasonal patterns.
In temperate zones, we need winter. Our wildlife and our environment depend on that seasonal pause. The ground depends on freezing over, and a snow cover to blanket in the temperature. Many plant species need their seeds to be stratified and scarified, and the freezing and thawing is the only way that can happen.
For those who need to be convinced of the necessity and wonders of winter, The BBC published an article with beautiful photos giving Ten Reasons To Love Winter
For people like me, we just go out there and celebrate! I hope you will, too!