So you might ask....why would a Texas tropical gardener who hardly remembers what a snowball looks like care a fiddle about the Arctic Ocean?
Well, frankly, it's because it's the middle of NOVEMBER and so far we've had barely a hint of cool Autumn weather. Everything is running about a month and a half behind schedule.
Why is it running a month and half behind schedule?
My best guess is that Mother Nature is having to spend an extra month or so refreezing the Arctic Ocean (see above). That makes a Texas October feel like September, November like October, December like November, and January like December. Spring starts in February.
Our last winter here in central Houston went without a single freeze. That's nice for the tropical garden, but not so nice for our air-conditioning/electric bills.
It's a simple theory and it leaves out the hundreds of other weather variables (and doesn't explain the blizzard in the Northeast)
But the fact remains; it takes a lot of extra energy to refreeze an ocean!
Tonight we get our first real cold front, so it's time to find my coat....and finally turn off the A/C.
All for now,