Will You Become Nostalgic for Weather?

Will You Become Nostalgic for Weather?

Living in Southern California provides many positives: a major one, weather. The Golden State truly provides days and days of sunshine which can lift the spirits and certainly makes nature-deficit disorder a rarity. (Coined by Richard Louv, nature-deficit disorder refers to people of all ages who are disconnected from nature, spending inordinate amounts of time indoors.) But in most climates, we are lured outdoors to walk or participate in sports. Even in cold climates nature provides ice skating and skiing, snowshoeing and sledding.

SEASONAL AFFECT DISORDER or SAD

Variety is the spice of life and that is also true for weather. People begin to feel depressed if the sun doesn’t shine for days at a time. I’ve written about that too–in a post about Seasonal Affect Disorder. Those of you living in temperate climates are familiar with this condition: SAD is diagnosed when a patient experiences depression and other symptoms for at least two consecutive years during the same season; and it generally applies to people dealing with long winters where sunlight is rare and the body begins to suffer–not only from outdoor activities being curbed but also from the physical affect that light has on the body. Because there is a definite relationship between light sources to the body and the production of serotonin which affects our moods.

FOUR SEASONS ARE THE BEST!

But though sunlight can lift the spirits, a person’s memory bank of weather also plays a part–we love rainy days and snow days and autumn days. A temperate climate allows for FOUR SEASONS that have definite borders. When autumn approaches, leaves change color and drop from the trees, grass begins to form deep roots instead of height, the air gets cooler and the days shorter. Fall requires different clothing and there is nothing better than a brisk walk in brisk fall air. It has its own perfume, its own way of touching the skin.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DOES NOT HAVE FOUR SEASONS. IS THAT GOOD?

In Southern California the shift into fall is often imperceptible. Yes, the days get shorter, some of the trees drop their leaves, but much of the vegetation keeps on flowering so that there is not a definitive change. I miss that. Then suddenly it is Christmas and folks, like those in the midwest where I lived most of my life, are driving cars with an evergreen tied to the top. But it takes some adjusting to drape Italian lights in foliage that is still bursting with greenery. Winter here is our rainy season. The nights do get colder and the rose bushes and hydrangeas get cut back. But there’s no snow. You can travel to northern parts of California to ski, but last year our snow depth in the mountains was very low. This year it is greatly improved.

WOW, SPRING IS COMING AND I ENVY YOU IN TEMPERATE CLIMATES!

Here’s my point: many of you are about to or just now experiencing the beginning of spring. I envy you. The air begins to warm and you shed your jacket by 11:00 am. The trees begin to flower–redbuds, forsythia, then magnolia and fruit trees. Tulips and daffodils push up from the earth and the days get longer. You find yourself pulled from your home where people’s voices once again blend with birdsong and the buzz of tires on the street. It’s truly a rebirth and often produces a smile from a stranger. Because we all feel it–new life, green grass, bluer skies.

WOULD YOU WANT TO LOSE YOUR FOUR SEASONS???

Nostalgia for weather accentuates how grateful I am for nature and all that it provides us. So when spring begins and like a wave of blessing speeds across our country warming the winds and pulling people outside–consider: we need to protect the seasons, make sure that we don’t lose them, honor all the memories we have of spring, summer, winter and fall.

PLEASE FIGHT FOR THE EPA! FIGHT FOR YOUR SEASONS

So forgive me for this final thought, but if the Evironmental Protection Agency is defunded the way the current government is talking about–the entire country might eventually have the desert-like climate that is Southern California. No more leaf-peepers in New England; no more skiing in Colorado; no more ice-fishing in Minnesota. This is no joke. We must fight for the four season. Fight for clean air. AND ESPECIALLY, fight for clean water. No human being can survive without water–lots of it. To learn more go here. (Five Reasons to Like the Environmental Protection Agency)

I love talking about the seasons and how in some climates they are SO different. Which season is your favorite? Whichever you choose, I hope you don’t lose it. Help protect our earth. Help save our seasons or you might become nostalgic for weather you will never see again. Help fight for the EPA.

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8 thoughts on “Will You Become Nostalgic for Weather?

  1. Hi Beth:

    I so understand what you’re saying here! I have lived where there are barely seasonal changes and it bummed me out! I guess that’s why I ended up in the foothills of Colorado. I don’t love the cold, but I LOVE the snow! When I lived in Taipei one year I cut out snow flakes and stuck them on our glass door…

    • Really, so cool. Here is my favorite snow image–it is nightfall and around Christmas time and there are tiny Italian lights shining into the falling snow. Love that.

  2. I think that global warming is leading to uncertain and often unpredictable weather patters. Where I live in the Province of Alberta in Canada the temperature swings can be awe inspiring. Just a couple of weeks ago we had record high temperatures that broke 100 year old records. It was so dry that the dust was flying around on the roads So instead of preparing for Spring, the Arctic Cold Front dropped down bringing in temperature of -20 deg. C. that is suppose to last for at least the end of the week. So, it is not only seasonal changes but extreme changes within the same season that is the problem. I also notice that Southern California has the dry high temps year round. But at the same time I see the same place is getting more floods & forest fires.

    • Thanks, Joe. You are absolutely right. In Chicago we rarely had extreme cold in the winter. Now last year there was something called the Polar Vortex. This year they are in the sixties. Not good.

  3. The EPA is crucial to maintaining our planet for our children. Climate change is real as witnessed by what we have seen over years. So please be in touch with your government officials to try and be sure that they do their job in protecting our environment. I know I will…..THANK YOU…….Bill

  4. Beth, I enjoyed this subject as I live in Minnesota and, although winters can get long, I do LOVE the four seasons! I look forward to the change of wardrobe and all the seasonal changes to keep things interesting. However, I do find February my “SAD” time and it’s very noticeable that my body and mind is ready for spring. Great info here! Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks, Laurie. And depending on where you live in Minn. your spring can come rather late. I remember being upstate and the lilacs were blooming in June. In Chicago, they would open in April. I bet all of that is off-kilter now.

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