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April 17, 2007

Dear Middle Of April

How're you still under 50 degrees?

Fuck this coast.


April 17, 2007 | Permalink


Oh c'mon. Don't fear the weather.

Posted by: Wells. | Apr 17, 2007 11:07:15 AM

West coast baby!

Posted by: Col Bat Guano | Apr 17, 2007 11:12:41 AM

Gosh, it's sunny and warm today here in San Francisco. Are you saying it isn't like that everywhere?

Posted by: Tom Hilton | Apr 17, 2007 11:15:08 AM

You know Ezra, I was born in LA but I love it here. That said, I'm done with this half-ass winter crap. Enough already already. I'm with you. Time to get warmer. I don't even mind the rain and the gloom, I just want the mercury to be above 50...regularly. Maybe 60.

The weather this winter, while not horrible for any extended period of time has been exceedingly irritating.

lancaster, pa

Posted by: ice weasel | Apr 17, 2007 11:35:10 AM

As a Washingtonian (the state, damn it!) now living in New Jersey, I completely agree. Somebody's not at the wheel on this coast.

Posted by: Ben | Apr 17, 2007 11:38:25 AM


Posted by: akaison | Apr 17, 2007 11:48:27 AM

(obligatory midwest comment)

everyone here is dancing in the streets because it's just above 50! suck it up!

Posted by: Chris_ | Apr 17, 2007 11:48:53 AM

Heh. I don't love East coast winters, but whatever you do, don't move to Ohio. Not only is it still freezing at night, it's still SNOWING. In mid-April. Snow.

Posted by: Sam L. | Apr 17, 2007 11:50:45 AM

This was a reference to winters in Boston (trust me, much worse and more depressing), but you west coasters might find this applicable to living here in DC:

I don't know if any of you have ever had the pleasure of experiencing a Boston winter, but if not let me awaken your senses. It's basically an 8 month-long night of sitting in your bathtub tearlessly crying while listening to Townes Van Zandt/Joy Division mashups, half-heartedly trying to cut your wrists with the Lady Bic of some jawn you were hot for that you just found out gave brain to Mr. Len in the bathroom during some poetry slam in Central Square. No. It's really like that. For everyone. 8 months.

(From freedarko via MattY)

Posted by: Constantine | Apr 17, 2007 11:52:27 AM

Remember how it was nice and warm and dreamy for a little while and tricked us before it got nasty and rainy? I think the slip-up is that somebody put mid-April's weather where mid-March's should have been, and vice-versa.

Posted by: Seth D. | Apr 17, 2007 12:04:13 PM

Classy. Learn to ski.

It's not unusual to get snow in May in the northeast, so if a mid-April snowstorm bothers you, you're in trouble.

Posted by: PapaJijo | Apr 17, 2007 12:11:12 PM


Move back to your coast then...baby!!! lol

Posted by: jambro | Apr 17, 2007 12:38:21 PM

Portland (the west coast version) is 46 now (9AM), high forecast of 53. Our poor trees and flowers are very confused. The Sun has been a stranger - even more than normal springs - but precip is normal or below for the year.

My loving sister in Chicago, an ardent conservative, says this sucky spring proves Al Gore is wrong and is resistent to the idea that melting polar ice (which is true) says nothing about how the temperate zone climate will change from normal patterns.

Here's some kinky info from the April 7, 2007 Science News (subs. req.) that reinforces just how much things have changed rapidly in our not-so-obvious climate:

Mushrooms in England are both popping up earlier and staying around longer than they used to, according to 50 years of amateur naturalists' records. Some species have changed their habits so drastically that they're reproducing twice in the same year.

In the 1950s, the average fruiting season for the mushrooms in the sample lasted 33 days. In this decade, the season has more than doubled, to almost 75 days. Eighty-five of the species have started fruiting earlier, advancing almost 9 days per decade, while 105 species have been hanging around about a week longer.

Several species have advanced dramatically. The common fairy-ring mushroom used to send up its rings of beige caps in lawns and fields in September. "Now, it's July," says Alan Gange. Sulfur tuft mushrooms, which once fruited only in the fall, often send up clumps of little caps early in the spring as well. Gange and his colleagues report their findings in the April 6 Science.

Good news for mushroom hunters, but not so clear what this means for the ecology in the many places where fungi are crucial to the system.

So, this isn't just DC weather this spring, folks.

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | Apr 17, 2007 12:43:30 PM

So wear a jacket.

Posted by: ostap | Apr 17, 2007 12:47:42 PM


Posted by: John | Apr 17, 2007 1:13:39 PM

In America, you hate the weather. In Soviet Russia, weather hates you.

Posted by: gregor | Apr 17, 2007 1:25:12 PM

how long you been waiting to use that line somewhere?

Posted by: akaison | Apr 17, 2007 1:27:24 PM

April is the cruelest month.

Posted by: bob mcmanus | Apr 17, 2007 2:00:05 PM


Posted by: Trevor Austin | Apr 17, 2007 2:10:01 PM

Damn, Jim preempted my Portland whine.

Posted by: ryan | Apr 17, 2007 2:33:07 PM

Sorry, Ryan. Rant and whine at will. But remember, when the rest of the country is parched and drinking muddy water or recycled sewage, we'll still (probably) have clear drinking water and things growing lustily from the ground.

For the rest of you: Welcome to Oregon - but don't forget to go home after your NY Times-inspired weekend vacation. (still on this NY Times 'most popular articles' list after 3 days running)

For those not familiar with the city where there are lots of cars with stickers that say 'Keep Portland Weird', here's an overview: Portland. Click 'visitors' to see things to do before you go home again.

[your correspondent lives in the buildings just to the left of the marina on the river in the front page pic show :-)) ]

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | Apr 17, 2007 2:59:27 PM


I hate you.

I mean, do you have a guest room?

Posted by: Stephen | Apr 17, 2007 3:16:43 PM

hundreds of white roses blooming outside my window..
citrus blossoms perfuming the air...
hong kong orchid trees in full pinkness...
and this year, thank goodness...monarch and swallowtail butterflies seem to be everywhere!
....regards from california!

Posted by: jacqueline | Apr 17, 2007 5:10:36 PM

And you haven't even been exposed to the hundred-degree-hundred-percent-humidity summers yet. Soon enough...

Posted by: Morfydd | Apr 17, 2007 5:24:00 PM

I'm happy to have the weather stay cool. I never have understood why so many people crave warm weather, it's always such a bother for me. The persistent rain is slightly bothersome as I have not been able to enjoy my break between classes on the campus benches very often as of late. The soaking that my fedora was subject to yesterday whilst I walked to the bank was rather unpleasant too.

Posted by: Paludicola | Apr 17, 2007 6:08:18 PM

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