This is probably the hottest December I can ever remember. Usually around this time of year we are wondering about whether we will have snow for Christmas, but this year’s Christmas will be a balmy 70 degrees. I guess the fact that we have Florida weather in NYC this Christmas saves money for those who travel to avoid the cold temperatures, but it does make it hard to get into the Holiday spirit when you can walk around in a summer t-shirt. This winter has been hectic to say the least, but at least we haven’t had to deal with shoveling of snow. Over the past few years the weather has been interesting, some people want to blame the change in climate on human actions, others want to blame it on natural occurrence, the only thing I can truly say about it is that we must be prepared to face the weather changes no matter what. If the change is indeed due to human actions, then I am not too certain that we can actually fix the problem at this point. I understand that most major industrialized countries are trying to use cleaner energy sources and reduce emissions, but until the cost of installing and maintaining these cleaner energy systems is reduced, it would be hard for many in this economy to adopt these new measures. If clean energy companies were more willing to use less expensive components, I think they would be able to expand to some newly industrializing third world countries. The question of whether humans are causing this problem is hotly debated, and unfortunately I don’t think we will ever definitively be able to state the cause, due to our incomplete picture of the life of our climate, but as for now we must try to get used to the “new seasons.” I am sure that normal winter weather will return before the end of January, so I will make sure that I enjoy wearing shorts in December while I wait for the inevitable return of the blistering cold.
The autumn season is in full swing. To many people autumn is just the season that comes between the heat of summer and the cold of winter, but to me, autumn is the most beautiful season of all. Aside from the comfortable temperatures of the season, autumn, at least in the north east, comes with the wonderful coloring and falling of leaves. I know that cleaning up leaves can be tedious and annoying, but just the sight of the fall foliage is enough to make the seemingly endless raking and bagging worth it. I find it extremely relaxing to just sit in a park and watch the trees, and seeing bundles of colorful leaves blow through the air has always been an object of my enjoyment. As a child I loved fall for two reasons, for one it signified the season of my birth, which is always a good time for a child. The second reason I enjoyed the fall was because it meant I could be serenaded by the melody of crunching leaves as I marched to school every morning. I am proud to say that my reasons for enjoying fall, however childish they were, have not changed much in my adulthood. Seasons are great because they always come back around, and while all seasons have their “haters,” I am sure autumn is the most loved and comfortable of them all.
Labor Day weekend is the unofficial last weekend of the summer. While summer actually ends on September 22nd, this weekend it is definitely the beginning of the end of summer fun. With college students already back to school, and everyone else soon to follow, everywhere you go seems much less like summer in spite of the still tepid temperatures. Many people use Labor Day weekend as a time to barbecue and spend time with family, I on the other hand like to just sit back, relax, and reflect on the summer fun that has come and gone. I know I have stated before that I don’t like extreme temperatures, hot or cold, so I really enjoy the transitional periods between New York’s most extreme seasons. As the city transforms from a tropical play land into a more mellow fall gallery, I love to remember the adventures of the summer past. This summer was quite eventful and definitely enjoyable, but somehow it always seems like it was not long enough. When I look back on the activities of summer, I realize that while they all lasted a perfect amount of time, the memory can never truly recreate the enjoyment of each moment. Memories are always great, but it is most important to make sure that each moment is given an adequate amount of time to be cherished. Summer is just about gone, hopefully everyone had an enjoyable time, and took the time to actually enjoy it since, much like summer, moments come and go, but the memory is never the same as enjoying a moment in the present.
New York City is officially in a heat wave, and it seems like this one will last for a while. A heat wave is an extended period of high temperatures and humidity, and for the past week or so, the city has been hammered with this hot weather. I can usually stand hot temperatures, as long as it is relatively dry, but in New York City, it is so humid that sweat can begin to drop as soon as you get outside. I would love it if the weather here was a bit more like Nevada in the summer, but unfortunately, we have been blessed with the presence of the Atlantic Ocean, and the moisture it presents. Heat waves seem to be extremely dangerous and fatal in New York due to our high population, and the amount of elderly people we have living here. Over the past couple of years, dozens of people have died due to the heat, with many others passing away because of the electrical malfunctions that come with the excessive power drain of heat wave temperatures. In an densely populated city, like New York, a heat wave causes tremendous stress on the infrastructure, so power outages are a normal occurrence. During a time like this, it is wise to stay cool, and to stay indoors when possible. It is kind of late in the year for this kind of weather, but it seems like we will be in for a warmer September than usual. As a life long New Yorker, I would gladly take a warm September over a freezing cold winter, but I honestly hope temperatures get back to a moderate rate soon. Autumn is my favorite season, and not only because I was born in October, but also due to the comfortable nature of the season. I guess I’ll just enjoy the heat while I wait for the inevitable cold of the winter season.
It is freezing outside, and today I managed to stand outside in below zero temperatures waiting for something that never came. My brother’s favorite show was in town, so he wanted to be part of the studio audience. In order to get in, fans needed to get there early and hope to make the cut. I made the decision to accompany him, and while we did get to the location early enough, we ended up standing outside in the cold for three hours, and left with nothing more than frozen toes. As I was standing outside trying to keep warm, I started thinking about the people who had no escape from the cold. It is blistering cold, and for whatever reason there are homeless people all over New York City who are sleeping outside. I sometimes wonder if the shelters are really all completely full, or if some individuals would rather face the weather on their own, it is really not the weather to be outside. I would love to see the city make better efforts to reach out to the homeless in this weather, but I am aware that some people do not want the help. I have actually met some homeless people who do not want to live in shelters due to certain regulations, I find it absurd that a person would put their life in jeopardy just to satisfy their pride, but it may also be the reason they are in that situation. It is impossible to keep warm without constant motion in below zero temperature, so if you find yourself out there in the cold, please try and stay warm. Also try to buy a hot chocolate for one of the homeless individuals who may need the extra help.