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An early spring?

Posted: January 10, 2013 3:42 p.m.
Updated: January 11, 2013 5:00 a.m.

No matter how you feel about climate change -- whether you think global warming is caused by humans and is driving the planet towards ruin, or whether recent warmer temperatures are just a part of natural weather cycles -- it’s hard to deny the enjoyment of a winter spell in which temperatures rise far above normal. That’s what is forecast for the next few days in Camden, with highs in the mid-70s, which is more like late spring than the height of winter.

That’s reason to celebrate. Though we here in the Midlands of South Carolina don’t have to suffer the frigid temperatures of Minnesota or North Dakota, most people here still enjoy being outside, and it’s much more pleasant when temperatures are warm rather than cold. The psychological benefits of sunshine are well documented, and here in the early part of the year, when Kershaw County residents are still hewing to their new year’s resolutions to be more active, warm weather is a welcome partner.

Forecasters are also saying the entire country could have an extreme cold snap once the balmy temperatures have moved through. Even if that happens, it won’t diminish the joy of a few days in the 70s in the midst of winter. Get outside, be active and enjoy life.

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