Snakes alive: Seeing climate change at the micro level - baltimoresun.com
...he spotted an Eastern garter snake on a sun-splashed rock. The question: What was it doing there, after one of the coldest Novembers on record, and with the winter solstice two weeks away?
Did a snake aboveground portend doom for us all, as in the purported Mayan prophecy for Dec. 21, 2012?
But those of us who respect science, or who spend time outdoors, or who acknowledge the extreme weather patterns of the last decade — we know things are different. We've moved into a new and disturbing normal.