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I am prepared to believe the Gulf Stream is (gradually) shutting down, though there seem to be other possible explanations.  

For for thing, if the warm water is not going to Europe, more of it might be ending up here, which would make perfect sense.  

Last year 2009-10 was a cold winter for the US as well as for Europe, BUT ONLY IN THE NORMALLY WARM SOUTHERN STATES.  In New England normal winter (that is freezing cold) weather arrived fully one month late, and ended fully one month early.  In my book that counts as a WARM winter.  

This year 2010-11 same thing, so far.  Following an astonishingly hot summer (summer of 2009 was cool and wet) again winter has been fully a month late in arriving.  

What happens next?  I don't know, but another early spring would be no surprise.  

The Fates are kind.

by Gaianne on Thu Dec 9th, 2010 at 02:46:55 AM EST

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