As a long time weather watcher, I've seen quite a bit of interesting climatic changes as the decades have gone by. Living, as I have, in southwestern Missouri, I've been exposed to all sorts of weather phenomena including; tornadoes, ice storms, ice thunder, flooding rains and prolonged droughts where everything around me dried up and then sometimes caught fire! The thing was, however, that during all that long period of time, it felt right! By that I mean that the ebb and flow of the seasons and even the occasional tumultuous storms and such were all in the range of 'average' or 'normal' as measured by thirty years historical standards! But, that's no longer true, sad to say.
Starting around 2012, I began to sense a change in the flow. That is to say, I perceived a sort of meteorological 'clumpiness' (my made up word) in the patterns of weather over time. A bunching together of patterns within patterns that persist for a while and then suddenly change directions. For example, first there was what I felt to be a general warming trend that went on for some years between 2009 and 2012 with generally mild winters and mild summers. Now, however, it feels as though some climatic switch has been thrown (maybe somewhere around early 2013) and things are seem to be getting strang(er); with colder, much colder in the winters and hotter, much hotter summers! Like I said, in a clumpy sort of way! And, if I'm right in this feeling, the coming summer of 2014 will be a real scorcher followed by a very severely cold winter of 2014-15! I hope I'm wrong in this prediction!
Note: You might wonder if I have data to back this assertion up. No, I don't! I just have a gut instinct which I've learned to trust over the years.Be sure and visit my weather page at www.taneyservices.com!