This week I had a first. First time on fieldwork with snow.
For the new readers out there, I am a marine biologist and most of my fieldwork is on intertidal mudflats. Which don’t freeze that often, so you might understand my surprise when I sank knee high in snow carrying back some buckets full of mussels... and this is not the middle of winter, but the beginning of what is supposed to be spring. Or, at least it felt like spring and summer where coming just last week when the temperatures reached a wooing 14 degrees...
so, what’s happening ? Isn’t the climate meant to be warming? I know what you are thinking “Are all of this climate change scientists lying? Perhaps the climate change deniers are right... “
This crazy weather (as I am writing it is again actually beautiful weather and relatively warm!) may well be the result of climate change - note the word, change!
Why? Explained in very simple words, and perhaps too simplistic, because the warming is happening somewhere a little farther than us, and it is contributing to melting the ice in the arctic. Melted ice (freshwater) mixing with seawater is causing changes in water densities, which in turn is slowly changing current circulations, just enough to cause some shifts in weather patterns, bringing this… crazy!
And although march is known to be a “crazy” month (as we learnt in school), I wonder whether this is just a bit too crazy and whether this nice filastrocca will still hold for our children (and their children) to learn, or wheter they will need to find new words for crazy to rhyme with every month…
Gennaio freddoloso January is always feeling cold
febbraio spiritoso February is funny spirited
marzo pazzerello March is crazy
aprile mite e bello April is mild and beautiful
maggio sognatore May is dreamy
giugno cantatore June is a singer
luglio nuotatore July is a swimmer
agosto gran signore August is a great gentleman
settembre grappolaio September is a grape picker
ottobre castagnaio October is a chestnut picker
novembre triste e stanco November is sad and tired
dicembre tutto bianco. and December is all white
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