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Bob,

Not sure about the weather, but as for the Wooly Bears, they seem to be all in my workshop for the winter.

Hang in there! I've seen Carolina Wrens make it through some pretty tough Michigan winters!

Cheers!

Chris Barrigar

 

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Date: Sun, 3 Jan 2010 01:55:28 -0600
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Subject: Request for reassurance
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I Googled, put in my zip code and went to the 
weather forecast tonight. There, beside the forecast was a picture of a forlorn 
looking Polar Bear stranded on a small ice floe in the midst of a vast sea of 
open water. A dire warning, I suppose, that the entire ice cap is about to melt 
and ice dependant creatures like the Polar Bear and Ringed seal will go extinct 
even as our eastern cities are flooded by rising sea levels.
 
Meanwhile, it is 7 degrees out and snowing. 
Eight inches of snow has been on the ground around my house for more than a 
week. Kristi Mayo posted a couple of  days ago that Smithville Lake was 99% 
frozen. The forecast is for 2 degrees tonight, highs of 14 and 16 for the next 
four days followed by a high of only 9 on Thursday and a low of -2 Turdsday 
night. The forecast ends with another high of 9 degrees on Friday, followed by 
another low of -2 Friday night and a warm up to only 20 a whole week away, next 
Saturday. It is -33 in International; Falls MN right now, and CNN said it was 
-58 somewhere in the Lower 48 yesterday.
 
What happened to global warming? When will 
Smithville Lake thaw again? Will all the Carolina Wrens die this winter? 

 
I know there are some weather savvy folks on 
this list. Others must have seen Wooly Bears with broad central areas of brown 
fur before the cold and the snow drove them all to wherever they go when their 
forecasts don't work out.  If you know something, please give me some reassurance that this two week plus 
snap is only a temporary aberration, and global warming will reassert 
itself and make the rest of the winter more birder friendly.  Or will 
it? 
 
 
Bob Fisher
Independence, MO
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