It’s hard to believe that we are already in the middle of April, that Easter has passed and that snow is already a distant memory for those of us in Southern Ontario. It was a very strange winter for all of us – makes you wonder about global warming, doesn’t it?

This year, we set many records around the weather – not only did Toronto have a snowless March, but November did not see one flake of snow either! Compare that to the last two winters which have been long and had heavy snowfalls – this was a real treat. Of course that all depends if you are someone who loves the snow or not. Here’s a look at both sides of the argument!

Advantages of a snowy winter

  • Sledding, snowmen, snowball fights, snow forts
  • Snow days!
  • Cross-country skiing (downhill skiing in this area does not require real snow) and snowshoeing
  • Reason to buy new mitts, with matching hat and scarf
  • Exercise from shoveling
  • Snow tires are put to good use

Advantages of a snow-less winter

  • Walking and running outside for the whole season without using Yak-Tracks
  • No need to get up early to clear snow off the car
  • The shovel stays in the garage
  • Getting away with not investing in snow tires
  • More time off for professional snow cleaning workers so they can enjoy more time with their families
  • Grass stays green all year!

As you can see, there are advantages to both. Personally, as much as I like snow and the occasional snow day, I much prefer the winter that has just passed, rather than what we experienced in 2008-2009, and 2007-2008.  For those in the mid-west and eastern seaboard of the US, you may disagree with me.  It’s still very odd to me that there was SO MUCH snow dumped just south and east of here, and we didn’t get ANYTHING.  There was not one single snow day this year, and I don’t even think that Pearson Airport in Toronto was closed due to the weather this season.

What do you think? Are we in danger of serious global warming? Or is this just a variation in the temperature cycles of the planet? Did you enjoy the snow-less winter, or would you have preferred to be buried under feet of snow?

Enjoy these first few weeks of spring, as we will certainly move into the heat and humidity of summer very soon!

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