I was a bit nervous when I moved back to the Midwest after six years in Southern California. The weather along the West Coast can lull you into a pleasant-Prozac-like sense that its always just about to turn from spring to summer -- sunny, but not sweaty, and you still need a sweatshirt at night.
But my first winter back in the Midwest after 22 years has been really nice -- even reaching into the 60's in January. I was joking about the global warming business on Twitter, but I will admit that I'm happy I haven't had to bust out my ski jacket too many times.
This change in the weather has had people talking about climate change for some time now. There’s drought, there's flooding -- heck, Kansas City has warmed up so much that the USDA moved it up to Zone 6 from Zone 5 on the plant hardiness scale.