Once upon a time, winter was a season that left its mark from a meteorological and climatic point of view, with its gusts of cold air that arrived punctually and gave us days of frost and snow. It didn’t matter whether the cold air came from the Arctic or the mainland, The cold was felt and the snow whitened the cities and the countryside.
In Italy, surrounded by the temperate Mediterranean, there were no excuses: if it had to be cold, it was cold; If it was supposed to snow, it snowed.
Winter seasons of the past
There were seasons in which Winter was felt in full force, with numerous days of intense cold and heavy snowfall, it was certainly not comparable to the Winter of countries beyond the Alps, such as Switzerland or Sweden, but it was still a Winter. . that commanded respect.
Even comparing Italy with the United States did not make much sense, given that at the same latitude in the US the temperatures are decidedly lower and the snowfall is more abundantdue to factors such as proximity to the Polar Vortex and different orographic distribution.
Climate change and its consequences
But in recent years things have changed. Winter seems to have lost strength, bursts of cold air are less frequent and less intense, and Snowfall has become a rare event. Global warming and the cyclical nature of climate have profoundly changed our seasons, and the winter we knew seems to be a distant memory.
We already know that nothing will be the same again, but we will continue to observe and comment on all the seasons, aware that living in the Mediterranean, our seasons will always be unique and unrepeatable.
Nostalgia for the winters of yesteryear
Those who lived through the “winters” a few decades ago remember with nostalgia for those cold and snowy seasons, when the cold made itself felt and the snow whitened the cities and fields. Today, with global warming and climate change, those winters seem to belong to the distant past and we wonder if they will ever be the same again.
The comparison with winters beyond the Alps
Although the Italian winter has never been comparable to that of countries beyond the Alps, such as Switzerland or Sweden, it still had its charm and intensity. Today, with climate change, that charm seems to have faded and we wonder if we will ever experience winters like those of the past again.
Comparison to winters in the United States
Even comparing Italy with the United States no longer makes much sense, given that At the same latitude, in the United States, temperatures are clearly lower and snowfall is more abundant. But even in the United States, climate change is changing the seasons, and we wonder if winters there, too, will return to the way they were before.