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Wondering if anyone here is noticing their local weather patterns have begun to change in recent years?<br><br>
I live in New Zealand, and have noticed we are getting a lot more floods in some parts of the country, and a lot more droughts in others.<br>
Also, around Auckland where I live, it seems to be drier now in summer and autumn, and possibly wetter in winter and spring. We have definitely been drier where I live during Jan-May these last two years than in the previous five.<br><br>
What about where you live. I think country-dwellers will especially be noticing changes.
 

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I'm not in auckland but the only way I can what season it is way down here some days is by the time it gets dark. It's almost winter solstice & I had a singlet on today & broke into a sweat even. Yesterday was a howling, freezing gale. These last 2 winters have been wetter than normal judging by what everyone says, but my friend who has a spring he pumps water from says the water table is still way down to what it used to be. The summers are always dry but then we had a shocking bout of about a month or so just before xmas where it was easily as cold & rainy as it can be in july. I had sleet on my windows at the end of november <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> October had been positively tropical. Well for us anyways <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> I would say it is getting windier where we are. More from the south west too which is the cold side of the ocean. But when that stops, it is hotter than it usually is. If that makes sense at all.
 

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well .. i'm on the other side of the globe from y'all .. but it's definitely different here.<br><br>
Our winters are starting out really mild - our first snow last year wasn't until December, and it's normally in mid-November. Then, they get REALLY bad. We averaged almost 3 feet more of snow than we usually get, the past two winters in a row. (Normal season total is 5 feet - last two winters were 8+ feet)<br><br>
It's supposed to be heading into summer here, now .. and the temperatures (except for 2 or 3 days) have pretty consistantly been 15-20 degrees LOWER than usual. We had a hard frost last week, which usually stops happening in late march/early april. It's also rained at least a little bit nearly every day this month - which is usually a fairly dry month where we live.
 

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it's all over <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br>
I lived in Phoenix, AZ for 33 yrs & everyone saw a BIG difference in climate there. We used to have some Spring & Fall & now there is hardly any <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
It's takes a really bad storm to crash thru the "heat dome" there.<br>
Now I'm in PA & DH (a native) says our weather is very odd.<br>
More rain, either extremes of overly hot or cool - right now it's oddly cool. Snow later in the year - you could count a white X-mas - not anymore <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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It seems like the tornadoes are getting worse...not more of them...just bigger ones in areas you don't normally see big ones.<br><br>
Like an F-5 that hit OKlahoma City or the F-4 that hit Kansas City..not recently mind you..it has been over years but it is odd.
 

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I've been here since the early '80's. This was our coolest May in 15 years, I'd bet. Our wedding ann. is May 7th. It was broiling on out wedding day. This year on my ann. date, I needed a sweater.<br>
So, cause for concern IMHO.
 

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I'm in B.C. The snowpack was at somthing like 11% of normal this winter. It seems alot warmer and dryer than I ever remember. The plants in the forest seem to begin thier cycle earlier every year. People are planting thier gardens earlier and having lots of success too. It's a real thing. Even though no one really wants to admit it!
 

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It is just as I thought, the strange weather patterns are happening all over the globe, or so it would seem.<br><br>
Yes, Oceanmama I can really relate to what you're saying. Normally down here in the Antipodes December is a really hot month. But instead it just bucketed down and was really cool. And now when it is practically winter we've got so warm we don't even need to use the heater at night. It does depend on the wind direction it would seem. You seem to be a good observer. I bet you live in the country.<br><br>
This does fit in with what they say will happen with climate-change doesn't it? Things will start to go haywire. "The New Yorker" magazine has got a series of 3 articles on Climate-change currently which look really interesting. Anyone read them? I glanced through and got one part which was very scary: even if we stopped now putting carbon into the atmosphere, because there is a lag of 30 years in temp. rises from all the feedback systems of earth (due to the greenhouse effect of all the extra carbon), it will continue to get worse, much worse. And we are not stopping our emissions, we're increasing them!!!<br><br>
But any other observations from various areas?
 

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Growing up I was always use to the hottest part of the day being say from 12-3....I grew up In Louisisana. Here, Tacoma/Seattle WA it's hottest at about 5-6pm....just when *I* think it should start cooling down. Now here's the funny thing....I've heard from more than one person that they heard/read that it's because of the number of autos on the road at that time generating heeat. We have an ENORMOUS traffic problem so it seems to make sense...how crazy is that if it's truly the cause!!! Carpool anyone?
 
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