The "Social Circle" is a group effort between readers, social networkers and the OnMilwaukee.com editors. Every Monday, we ask a question via Facebook and Twitter and then post the responses from our Facebook "likers" and Twitter followers in this column. Well-known Milwaukee movers and shakers will contribute, too.
The slow start to summer has disgruntled a lot of people. Has spring disappeared in Milwaukee? Are the summers shorter? The winters less snowy?
We asked the Social Circle this week if Milwaukee weather really has changed over the decades, or if it just seems that way. What do you think?
Jackie Barutha: "No way. It goes through spurts. A couple years ago it was rainy and low 70s for 4th of July. People just complain too much when it's miserable. If you want nice weather ... move."
Nathan Bayer: "Milwaukee has officially turned into London: It never gets over 55, it’s always overcast and it rains 75 percent of the time. We even have that Allen Bradley clock tower, our own ‘Big Ben.’"
Davey Boom: "Winters were whiter, the grass was greener ... I think I'm channeling Pink Floyd. For serious though, back in the 80s-90s of my memory, winter started at November. Now it starts in January."
Brian Brehmer: "I remember the snow we used to get back in the late '70s and early '80s."
Maureen Haslam: "Huge changes. I remember lots of snowstorms that canceled school for days."
Betsy Holmes: "I don't know what the stats would show about the really changed that much’ part but it seems like quite a few years since we had one of those pipe-bursting, school closing spells or traffic stopping snow banks."
Damien Jaques: "Winters are milder now. I remember runs of sub-zero temperatures that would last several days. The mercury never got to zero during that spell. Snow buildup on the ground was also greater."
Beth Jarowski: "Yes, we used to have much more snow and colder temps in January and February."
Kent Knapp: "Indeed it has changed in our lifetime, but could it just be cyclical?"
Janice Lichter: "Huge changes!"
Iggy Rae: "Yes! Why, I remember in 1913 ..."
Caitlin Zhenotdel: "It’s just weather, people. How about we get fired up about something that’s really wrong with the world?"