If you live in the south like I do, you're no stranger to warm temperatures. It's a blessing and a curse. We don't have to freeze for a very long time and we get a head-start on our spring break tans. However, Roswell experienced a solid 2.5 months of somewhat cold temperatures mixed in with warm days and those awful days that I call "layering days" for the need to dress in layers because it's frigid cold in the morning and blistering hot in the afternoon. I think it's safe to say that temperatures are considerably higher this February than they have been in the past. It left us with a grand total of one snow day that left ice on the roads making the drives to school on our first days back from winter break a nail-biting endeavor. Although I do love being able to wear shorts to school again, this weather alarms me a little bit. Similar to now, I complained about warm weather last fall when I could count the number of rainy days we had on one hand and wildfires started to ignite in other parts of the state. I remember going out to a fire drill one day and being able to smell and see a bit of smoke. So, you can imagine how relieved we were when it started to rain a little and the temperature finally started to drop. This is what really started to make me understand how real global warming is and how it affects us all.
Cover Image Credit: Allison Pericles