Happy New Year! The days are getting longer--over 8 minutes more daylight since the winter solstice on December 21.
Now comes the real reality of winter in Chicago ---the snow and cold and bills--the layering and shoveling. Will we face another arctic blast of the polar vortex this year? A blizzard like the GroundHog Day blizzard of 2011?
So far, the worst of the wintery weather here seems to have been at the end of October! It was relatively calm and not too cold for December. How long will this last? The Weather Channel meteorologists are optimistic that a milder trend for the midwest will continue in early January.
You can read more of what they have to say, here.
What will 2020 bring?
I think this coming year we will be experiencing more and more of the effects of climate change--environmental, political, personal---local and global. The rains last spring in the midwest are one example. The ongoing fires in Australia are an extreme example. The fires can be seen from space. Smoke from the fires has reached South America--over 7000 miles away. We are one world.
The world is facing an environmental and existential crisis. And yes, "existential" was the word of the year for 2019 at Dictionary.com. Perhaps it's not surprising that Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2019 is climate activist Greta Thunberg.
Climate change is not a story. This is our reality now.