I am curious how you guys and gals answer. I don't mean to start a debate on man-made global warming, just an observation of your take on what your perception is of your local weather history. In my lifetime, there isn't any doubt in my mind that temps are warmer in my local area. The summers are now so unbearable to me, I have pledged to LEAVE here for the summer and head north. Somewhere. Go camping, buy a camp somewhere, travel, whatever, anything to get out of here. Summers here now, it is common to have brutally hot stretches of 103 to 110 degrees. I used to be a fanatical hunter and we used to have real cold (to me) winters sometimes. I recall more than once hunting in single digits. Lowest I recall is 4 degrees. Overall, it seems the winters are not as cold. LOL, I have actually pondered this situation and thought, geez, if it keeps this up, I won't be burning near as much wood in the future! I only burn for pleasure, not to heat the house. Mostly outside in a firepit but also in a fireplace in my gameroom. Of course, I realize that with climate change, you can have wild anomaly swings either way. But overall, it's warmer here. Another thing that I have pondered lately is, geez, the number of tornadoes we have now. Sheesh, as I have traveled around my area, I see (and recall the storms) evidence of tornadoes from the appearance of downed timber swaths. We just had another tornado a month ago and it killed three people. For the first time in my life, I am actually pondering cutting the large trees that surround my house. I have always wanted to keep them because I cherish trees and they help lower my house temperature in the summer, but I tell ya, one of these big 'uns falling into my house could be fatal. In the storm that killed three, a classmate of mine was asleep in bed and a tree smashed through his house, cutting it in two. It landed five feet from him as he slept! He's lucky to be alive. One of the three deaths was due to an identical situation... tree fell on house. I've got three huge oaks and one huge pine. All over 30" DBH. Sure hate to cut them but I'm sure thinking about it. BTW, I did have a pine fall on my house about 15 years ago. Didn't hurt anyone but poked a hole in the roof, had significant damage. Thank goodness it was a 'smaller' pine. Probably 18" DBH. The big pine I have near my house is huge, I measured it and I think it's 36" DBH.