Where's "Global Warm'n" when ya need it?
I grew up on and lived on Oneida Lake, NY for a vast majority of my life, and consecutively for the past 24 years. In that time, I have known that the lake usually doesn't COMPLETELY freeze over until somewhere between the 10th and 20th of January.
For the past two years in a row, the lake has frozen completely over before Christmas. Usually, there would be freezing around the edges for about 20 feet out into the lake but, as Y'all can see frum these here photygraffs, its totally frozen from shore to shore. Oneida Lake is 27-28 miles long and about 8 miles across at it's widest point (where we are located). This complete freezing is VERY unusual. We also have officially well over 70 inches of snow on the ground making this the snowiest December on record for this area of the country.
Now Sir, this of course will make the snowmobilers and ice fishermen very happy as it will extend their seasons greatly.
Now Sir, the fools who believe in (man made) global warming will of course fall back on the old paradox that "it will get colder before it gets warmer" and this explains all the cold weather and artic storm systems affecting the earth in various locations. My own personal belief is that if global warming is in fact occurring (something I seriously doubt), then it is simply a part of a normal cycle that the earth goes through. I also believe that good con man Al Gore, who became very rich by starting and selling "Carbon Footprint Off-sets" and "Green" stocks basically invented the threat of global warming. But, hey, what do I know, I only possess basic common sense, have read reports written well before "An Inconvenient Truth" that stated the earths climate was in fact cooling, and a background in various sciences.