Just curious if any of you have had noticable changes in your area's climate over the years. Do you feel there is a global warming affecting the overall weather patterns where you live?
We've lived in the southern part of Maryland for 24 years and I've noticed two particular changes which could possibly be associated with global warming. When we first moved here we rarely had threats of severe weather. Just your normal thunder storms in the Spring and Summer, possibly even a Tropical Storm left over from a hurricane that came inland further South. In Winter we'd have periods of below freezing temps and a decent snowfall of two. In more recent years, we've dreaded each time a weather front is forecasted to come through during the warmer seasons. There's almost always tornado watches and warnings issued for our area and we've had to head for the basement until the warnings are lifted. In Winter we rarely have more than a few inches of snow, and what does come down usually ends as sleet or freezing rain. It seems there's no longer enough cold air to sustain a good snowfall.
The second thing I've noticed is with migratory birds. Before, I never saw robins anywhere around here once the weather turned cold. They all headed South for the Winter. I now see them in our yard all year round, even in Dec. and Jan.!
I've thought about putting in a garden of cool weather veggies. The temps in Winter stay moderated enough to grow stuff year round, and if we do get that occasional cold snap for a day or two, I just have to cover them up at night.