Why Is Winter Still Happening?

It’s spring. According to the calendar, we’ve served our time. Winter should be over. And yet, it’s not.

Because the Earth’s orbit around the Sun is elliptical, winter (in the Northern Hemisphere at least) is actually shorter than summer! Winter is 90 days long; summer is 94.

And yet this winter, for many, seems like an eternity. Imagine the plight of those near Boston.

There’s actually a way to assess how bad winter has been—it’s called the Accumulated Winter Season Severity...

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