Winter has finally arrived here. he last two weeks we have had bitter cold (by Oz standards) and some snow. After the longest, warmest autumn over recorded, temperatures in sunny Ballarat (coldest city in Victoria, probably the coldest in Australia if you exclude a couple of places in the mountains of south-east NSW) have hit normal (which is weird - nothing is normal anymore) and I'm pining for the tropics. Oh well, the days are already growing longer, it will be 44 in the daytime and 36 all night again any day now.
Snowhiker, what are you doing having cold at this time of year where you are?
That was only the case for a few country boys. That wasn't the reality of children living in urban areas back then. I've had to walk around 5 miles in the snow every morning back when I was an early teenager, but it was because I delivered the news paper. I've never had to walk more than two miles to go to school. I've had to run around five or six miles a few times, but only because I missed the bus (and managed to arrive on time anyway).
Well the six month long summer sucks ass, but the other half of the year is nice. May need a long sleeve shirt for 2-4 weeks during the "winter" though. 80s in February here.
Now that is for the southern half of the state. Parts of the northern half are 7000-8000+ in elevation so it does get cold there. But even the north rim of the Grand Canyon isn't too bad right now and it's over 8000'.