All things hang together. This is the greatest lesson of ecology. Interconnection -- the reality or impact of one thing impacts others in an almost innumerable way -- is the truth of the world. Here in the mid-west we have been "blessed," if I may be so sarcastic, with a very mild and dry winter. Most people have lauded the failed predictions of the meteorologists, for they were calling for a particularly harsh and snowy winter; instead, we have had pleasant, mild temperatures and suprisingly little precipitation. For many this is a great thing. Is it?
So here is the hitch.....the bad news, if you will:
The lack of precipitation is bad for agriculture, and the mild weather will ensure that we are going to have large amounts of insects buzzing about all summer. Now if we add the possibility of extreme heat this all will make for difficult farming, gardening, and outdoor recreation. Beware people, you have been forewarned.
Oh yeah, and enough of the "if this is global warming, then great" comments. Things hang together people, therefore it is impossible not to drastically alter one thing without doing so elsewhere. Note Bene: if you do not like buggy summers, then maybe you should not mind cold winters. All I can say on the plus side is maybe our summer will produce good conditions for fly fishing!