Nancy and I are having a delightful time with our first Utah winter. After many years in Florida, even the sub-zero temperatures are fun and exciting. As we have adapted, we have also learned quite a few things about Utah winters.
It has been a very good week here in Johnson Canyon. We are coming up on the end of our first year in Utah, and are still having a marvelous time exploring and discovering new things. It still amazes us that we actually live here, and even something as simple as walking to the mailbox (1/4 mile) is wonderful.
This week's experiment comes from a report I recently heard on National Public Radio. Unfortunately, I was driving and could not write down the fellow's name, so I could give him proper credit. He was talking about the facts and fictions of global warming. One point that he mentioned was one that I had heard many times and had never thought all the way through. What would happen if the global temperature rose enough for the polar ice caps to melt? All of that extra water would cause worldwide flooding, right? Lets investigate. You will need:
Although we have had several freezes, the leaves here are just starting to change. Every year, the leaves start changing colors in the North first, and then the color change spreads South. This is not due to the temperature. What causes it?