Thursday, April 06, 2006

Global Cooling?

In the middle of everything else that is happening, one might note what is not happening.

The arrival of spring.

Today should have been the day when Vaxholmsbolaget - the company whose boats are serving the wide Stockholm archipelago - should have switched from their winter to their spring timetable.

In practical terms, the heavier and slower boats able to go also through the ice would have been joined by the lighter and faster and more numerous boats piling over the open waters.

But that has not proved possible this year.

There is still too much ice in different parts of the archipelago for the more regular boats to be able to resume their services to the numerous islands.

Global cooling setting in?

Or the Gulf Stream disappearing from the North Atlantic?

Or simply one of these things that nature does?