Interestingly enough, we were just discussing the change in summers here in northern Colorado. My conversation partner is a young woman who has lived a large percentage of her life here, and we were both remarking that things began to change during her High School years, how the heat had increased to the point that many times in summer it was a challenge to make yourself go outside.
This is quite a statement from someone who is clearly a fan of sun and warmth.
Northern Colorado was a wonderfully temperate place. When I was young and visited the Centennial State, the weather and the people were profoundly different enough to make me determined to move back to Colorado once I’d “grown up”.
Well, after almost a decade of struggles in the job market, I finally made it back. By this time it was 1988 and Colorado’s climate had begun to change. In 1998, due to the vagaries of life and work around the Defense Department, I moved to northern Colorado, just 50 miles south of the Wyoming border.
Here I am, in 2011, it’s hotter, drier, and the weather is weirder than I’ve seen in almost 24 years. Unfortunately, this all just confirms what I already know is happening around the world. Since I tolerate floods better than I tolerate heat, I may be looking to move farther north, possibly even moving to the other side of the Continental Divide. I haven’t decided yet. At present, we’ll see how things go. This chunk of Colorado is one of the few that has relatively minimal impacts, so it may be worth staying.
Blazing summer proves to be fourth hottest