Today is the 4th of July. It’s the first day this week that has felt like summer in Portland Oregon. I posted a photo in late May called Almost June. Sadly, the last few days I could’ve replicated the same shot. I don’t think that I’m alone in my back-of-mind doubt of global warming. I say this mostly tongue-in-cheek. I’ve been riding a bicycle to work most every day for the past 3 years and I can tell you that the first summer that I rode full-time was much warmer. Hot is really the right word. I would end up with salt stains on my shirt almost every day. Oddly enough, the winter was much more of contrast that year too. There was a week of 8 degree mornings with the wind chill. It took 30 minutes for my toes to thaw out once I got to the office. As a daily bicyclist, you become much more aware of the weather.
This last couple years have been milder. Perhaps my data sample is just too small, but it feels like it is getting cooler in the summers and warmer in the winters.