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Is it time that we face facts and change our seasons?

Asked by Pandora (29242points) May 16th, 2016

Today was a lovely fall day or maybe early spring day. Way early spring, like March 21’st. I feel summer is getting shorter, and spring and fall are getting longer. Even winter. Though winter always feels long, well because of all the late in the season snow. Do we need to revamp our seasons?

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elbanditoroso's avatar

Seasons are based on phases of the moon, not on the weather or the climate.

Seek's avatar

I live in Florida, and when I was in Elementary school, we’d often come to gym class during the winter to learn we’d had a freeze overnight and the freshly-sprinkler-soaked lawn was covered in ice.

We haven’t even had enough cold air in the last three years to reduce the number of mosquitoes.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Seasons are not based on moon phases, they are based on earths orbital tilt.

Dutchess_III's avatar

…I don’t understand the question.

GSLeader's avatar

They predicted this when I was in elementary and middle school when they said we were headed for a new Ice Age unless we all start recycling more, drive smaller cars and carpool, or better yet take public transportation, and of course pay higher taxes. Maybe it’s true and we are, in fact, closing in on the next Ice Age.

Dutchess_III's avatar

No, the planet is warming up.

I STILL DON’T UNDERSTAND THE QUESTION! Can someone ‘splain it to me, please?

Seek's avatar

@Dutchess_III – OP notices local weather trend, assumes it relates to entire climate. OP is incorrect in assessment.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Oh. Well, I have noticed inconsistencies in Kansas weather for the last 50 years. (That’s when we moved here from Florida.) March 2001. WTF?

Seek's avatar

I was taught as a kid that March goes in like a lion and out like a lamb. March snowstorms are par for the course for temperate zones.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

@Pandora I don’t think so, a little variation is normal.
@Dutchess_III We are in the Holocene interglacial and it’s not a particularly warm one either. It’s part of the Quaternary glaciation or the current “ice age” GSLeader is not completely off and may not be remembering the lesson correctly. We don’t know exactly when the temperature will shift We have an “on average” idea though. It may not be in our lifetimes but I think we’re lucky to live when we do. It’s probably not too much of a stretch to consider these as long seasons based on longer cycles of what causes regular seasons earths orbital and tilt variations I don’t think we have the best grasp on this though.

SecondHandStoke's avatar


@ARE_you_kidding_me has the best explanation possible.

The reality is that humans have not been intelligent long enough to have any idea what the Earth’s averages are, that is outside of geologic evidence that goes back before modern humanity’s time.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Well, we can made some pretty darn good guesses, @SecondHandStoke, based on geological history and discoveries.

SecondHandStoke's avatar

It’s been suggested by scientists that the “order” we observe in nature exists only within the structure of our individual brains.

In other words “nature” does not necessarily observe what we call order.

The orderly mechanism of the physical world is possibly an entirely human construct.

Dutchess_III's avatar

That’s absolutely true, @SecondHandStoke. I remember winters as having a LOT more snow when I was younger. Deep, deep snow. The truth is, between the ages of 9 (when we moved to Kansas) and 20 there were probably only 3 or 4 big snow storms, but they stuck in my young brain as the “norm.”
As a kid I remember DEEP snow, that I’d sink in up to my knees or more! But…I was also a lot shorter then.

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