I’ve lived in California my whole life, so just hearing about the winter weather in other parts of the country makes me feel cold. Many of you have probably heard about the freezing temperatures in the Northeastern United States the morning of January 24, 2011. With minus 27 degree temperatures, residents in the Northeast avoided going out unless it was absolutely necessary. Some schools either delayed opening for classes or avoided opening altogether. Some skiers turned down the offer of skiing on the new blanket of snow, choosing not to risk injury and avoid a trip to the hospital. Temperatures will feel as cold as minus 50 degrees due to the wind chill. There are many warnings for citizens to stay inside to avoid frostbite and other winter-related dangers.
Weather in the United States seems to be getting more intense, especially this past year. According to meteorologist, Paul Yeager, 2010 was the year with the most dramatic weather in recent memory. It started off with a widespread cold snap leading to a major tornado outbreak in April. A ferocious hurricane season kicked off the summer in the East Coast while here in the Los Angeles area, we were experiencing some of the highest temperatures on record. There are many theories as to why the climate keeps changing such as global warming, the end of times, etc. Instead of trying to figure out this weather mystery, we should just get prepared. It has been predicted that we are in for an even rougher winter and brutal summer in 2011, so get those swimsuits ready but don’t forget your coats!