How Nature has changed through the years of your life

United States
June 8, 2011 9:42pm CST
I am in my 30s and I remember the weather being different when I was younger. More snow during the winter, less rain during the summer yada yada. I was wondering though what others have seen. I know those who have blessed this earth with their presence for longer then I have seen great changes. This came up when we where visiting a local nursing home, ( we go with the kids and visit those who have no one to visit them) and this gentleman in his 90s was telling the girls about when he was a kid how the river would freeze over so thick that they would take the horse and sled on it to race and go to work and school. He brought out pictures of him and his wife when they started going together and them ice skating on the river, and even having small fires on it while they fished! Now we have lived in the area for over a decade and I have never even seen the river ice over enough to not see running water or even more then just thick icebergs floating by. While we where listening a woman who was similar in age (they had gone to grade school together) brought up other differences such as the amount of flooding we have now that was not so then and how Spring and Fall actually happen, unlike the last few years. Anyone have stories like this?
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@Abello (68)
• Philippines
9 Jun 11
When I was younger, in 1986 - I had experience a very strong typhoon that hit our country. I woke up 12:00 midnight and I was surprised about the extreme weather condition - as if there was an earthquake too, plus the mega strong winds with few rainfall - only extremely strong wind. I had experience the 1990 Philippine killer quake too. After that, I haven't experience any - ofcourse I still see from the news, in different places, about the worsening weather conditions - floods, earthquakes, deadly tsunamis, tornados, etc. I am thrilled about the rumors about the 2012 phenomenon too. I can't imagine if things would go for the worst...let us just hope that everything would be fine, may God bless us always.
• United States
10 Jun 11
All I can say is DAMN!
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
10 Jun 11
I am not 90 years old but I do remember some winters when schools would be closed for days on end because of the snow. I remember weeks of sub zero weather in the winter. I have seen Lake Ontario rise and fall by 20 feet or more (High water mark as measured on the shore) over the years. The weather come and goes in cycles. I have listened to the experts predict the next Ice Age and then a few years the same experts are predicting global warming and the cause was the same - it was mans fault and the cure was the same more government control. We have some of those pollution controls to prevent the Ice Age and now we are to have global warming. One question the supporters of Global Warming can not answer for me is If we are putting more Carbon Dioxide in the air and that is causing the problem then what are we to do when we remove the co2 and we have more trees needing the co2 now than when Columbus landed on this side of the world. Won't the reduced co2 cause the trees to die and stop producing the Oxygen we need to live. In some places the water going into the rivers has to be "dirtied" up so that fish can live and grow because the EPA rules are too strict. Take care of the environment but don't strangle man to save some small creature that will simply move to a new location if disrupted. Just like some people will move if they get flooded out or destroyed by a storm.
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@celticeagle (111796)
• Boise, Idaho
9 Jun 11
I am finding less snow than when I was a kid. More rain recently in the Spring and early Summer. Global warming is sort of scarey when you get to thinking about the changes that have taken place over the last fourty years or so. And some animals were alot more plentiful around and some not so.
• United States
10 Jun 11
The frogs and toads, salamanders and newts all seem to be few and far between. I love to hunt up the "slimy" animals and there are so few now.
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@celticeagle (111796)
• Boise, Idaho
10 Jun 11
We used to have so many june bugs in the yard you could scoop them up in a jar. Now I don't even see any. We used to have tree frogs too. Not in the city anymore. Of course where I was brought up used to be outside the city limits. Now it is right in the town.
@mansha (6301)
• India
12 Jun 11
Yes weather has changed a lot, earlier the winters in India used to start right from October and real cold used to be around Christmas and new year now the winters don't set in till late December and it gets real chilly after the new year, now we can actually enjoy new years party in just a shawl not like old times when it was too chilly to even take a peek outside. Plus this year the rains have started too early in my place the weather which was too sunny and hot in May and June has turned cloudy and with fierce storms every two or three days in the month of June . Don't know where mother nature is pushing us. I guess its another cycle where some evolutions are going to take place and huge changes will be in effect too.
• United States
16 Jun 11
I think the cycle never stops it just takes turns we as humans do not expect or understand.
@Hatley (152509)
• Garden Grove, California
9 Jun 11
hi opinionatedLady yes I am in my eighties and I remember here in southern California that we had years and years of dry winters with no rain until Jan. or Feb. then not a lot. this year we have had more rain than in ten years combined. so global warming is all over the place now. at least we may not have the terrible wild fires we have had the last few falls. heres hoping anyway
• United States
10 Jun 11
Yes. Have you seen the fires in Arizona? My cousin is in Colorado and the smoke is floating over to them there and making it sooty everywhere.
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@debrakcarey (19925)
• United States
9 Jun 11
Storms seem to be getting more severe. I am terrified of tornados since one came close to our house when I was about five. Blew the windows out. Up until a few years ago, that was a RARE occurance. Now, every spring (and fall) there are hundreds of them and in places I never heard of them being. And they're in clusters too. Bunches of them within the same storm.
• United States
10 Jun 11
Very true. There have been hundreds of tornadoes all over the country this year before the season really got started. Where I am in PA they where something people out west had to have them here is new to all really. I mean there was the occasional tornadoes but not many saw more than one in a life time.
@SViswan (12095)
• India
9 Jun 11
I'm in my mid-30s. I've been in this city for a decade now and 10 years ago this place had pleasant weather throughout the year (it's known as the Garden City) but now it's hotter every summer. My father-in-law remembers the pleasant weather through out the year. The area we now live in....he remembers as a forest that no one ever went to because there were wild elephants. The place has developed so much that I can't imagine it ever being a forest...and he is talking about this place 20 years ago (which isn't really too far back!)
• United States
10 Jun 11
Wow so the landscape has changed so much it is unrecognizable, that is so sad. Where I grew up had been forest and fields when I was young now it is all highway and apartments. I hate it.