We’ve been here 16 years.
It used to be, that it’d never rain in the winter. Then only in early November. The past few winters I’ve noticed my goggles have more water on them, I come home from skiing with wet clothes. This would make sense if I fall a lot. But I never do. Never.
It’s rained a lot this winter. It rained all day at Arrowhead today. That’s a new one.
It used to be, that shoveling off my roof was easy. Because it was cold, the snow stayed light and powdery. Pull the snow down, shovel into a pile. Good exercise.
Not today. The snow is so wet now, shoveling off the roof was…freaking tough. And I’m in great shape. Then once I got the snow down, each shovel full of snow was like lifting heavy weights. I almost gave up and called a guy with a bulldozer. I’m going to be sore tomorrow.
The snow is wet because it’s warmer. And, because I shoveled snow in a light rain mist. So the mist was making the snow even heavier. January 9th, it’s raining. Climate change.
I’m no scientist. But how much water is 6″ of snow? Let’s say it’s 20″ of water. There’s a time coming sooner than we think up here when a 6″ snow storm will be a 20″ rain storm. A 20″ rain storm would flood our house and neighbors in the valley. No one up here is ready for it — because it’s the CO mountains. In the winter it’s supposed to snow, not rain.
Folks, we better start making big changes, right now. Or we’re f’d. My 10 year old will for sure deal with some sort of climate related chaos daily in his life. His kids? We won’t make it that far.