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  •  It's always dangerous to talk about weather events (10+ / 0-)

    as evidence of climate change.  It must be done right; they must be taken together in context, because that's what climate is.  Although it's best left to professionals, it's impossible to avoid talking about weird weather & thus climate change in that context.  The big trick is keeping track of weather over time, because when we don't do that, we lose track of data that might undermine what we happen to say in the moment.  The events that do tend to stand out from a climate standpoint are droughts & floods, both of which we've experienced in the last two years.

    However, the changing habits & habitats of plants & animals is something we can observe more easily over time, and--more importantly--retain.  Weather is impossibly impersonal because of its size: our gardens & yards are very personal & well known over years & decades.  Keeping journals as cosmic debris mentioned above is a great idea to boost the memory.  

    Speaking of climate, check out Alaska's long term prediction.  Temps to be 10+F above normal for over a week, while persistent troughs keep the interior West & Plains cooler than normal.  So much for Indian summer... but I guess it's OK, if we also avoid a strong freeze.      

    If you're still gardening, go enjoy it!

    Gardenwise, just about done.  I'll snag the last few tomatoes before Monday, & then chop them down.  Then it will be time to plant garlic & remulch the bed for winterizing.

    It's time to start letting sleeping dinosaurs lie, lest we join them in extinction by our consumption of them.

    by Leftcandid on Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 07:49:59 AM PDT

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