Tresed eht ni Retniw: Winter Was A Bit Crazy

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Tresed eht ni Retniw: Winter Was A Bit Crazy

Snow on the mountains in a view from Desert Hot Springs. Photo by Soni Rakipi

Snow on the mountains in a view from Desert Hot Springs. Photo by Soni Rakipi

Snow on the mountains in a view from Desert Hot Springs. Photo by Soni Rakipi

Snow on the mountains in a view from Desert Hot Springs. Photo by Soni Rakipi

It’s not a surprise that there would be an article for the crazy weather the desert had this winter. If you are like most ‘desert rats’, you might not like the cold weather. If you are a beach-vibe kind of person, then you might not really mind this winter’s weather. And just in case you were living under a rock waiting for winter to end (I don’t blame you), here’s a simple overview of what people thought about this past winter weather and the general changes in climate the desert seemed to experience.

Fog spilling over the mountains. Photo by Soni Rakipi

The end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019, was a cold one. One of the coldest winters on record for the valley. Most adults who have lived here for quite some time said things like ‘…in my 30 years of living here, it has never been this cold!’  They may be onto something important–like climate change. (https://www.desertsun.com/story/news/2019/02/16/record-cold-weather-streak-palm-springs-80-degrees/2891379002/)

Global warming emerged as a hotly debated subject in the early 2000s with Al Gore championing this issue (Inconvenient Truth, 2006). He brought attention to the subject and ever since then, like any good subject, there are opposing viewpoints–in support of and not in support of the idea of global warming and climate change.

Double rainbow by CPK after the heavy rain. Photo by Soni Rakipi

Skeptics of the topic may think ‘…it just might be one of the Earth’s cycles’, and they may not be wrong. But locally, there were people across the valley who enjoyed this change of pace in the weather. Xavier Saint John Zingg said he loved the “cooler weather for sports.” He is running track at the moment and enjoys the cooler weather when he is running.

So much fog that the mountains right behind the houses can’t be seen. Photo by Soni Rakipi

So no matter if you enjoyed the change of pace the weather brought, or if you prefer the heat, spring has sprung and summer is almost here. Enjoy what our valley’s weather may bring next!

 

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