Student - February 26, 2019

Let the winter doldrums last a bit longer

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Angelo Braam
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Ha, it’s spring! No more winter dip! But wait a second: Should I really be happy about this? Blogger Angelo Braam expresses doubt.

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As I wrote last month, the winter annually zaps my motivation and energy. Ugh, a terrible period. There wasn’t much good that I could say about it. But now in mid-February as the sun shines, the flowers are ready to burst open and it’s suddenly great to be outdoors, I see once again that the winter dip always leads to a spring boost.

Collective joy
The moment that I walk outside and realise that I didn’t really need a jacket is exalting. I feel like doing everything; all those tasks waiting to be done suddenly don’t seem so numerous, and I’m overwhelmed by the desire to write and to make music. In addition, annoying things like cleaning and picking up around the house are suddenly fun. And I’m not the only one who feels this way: all of Wageningen heads outdoors and, especially in Droevendaal, people spend all day in their gardens. Collective joy enables the six of us to do mountains of unfinished work in the garden with a smile.

Best time of year
I’m aware of the fact that, without the preceding winter dip, my energy in early spring wouldn’t be so intense. This dynamic is agreeable: if I lived in a warm climate all year, I wouldn’t appreciate it as much as I did last week. People in warm countries try to avoid the sun. Many students from warmer countries appreciate the sun much more after they’ve survived a ‘real’ winter. Everyone seems to agree that the first days of spring are the best time of the year!

Is this extremely warm February an omen of an even drier summer?
Angelo Braam

Shamelessly early
Wait a minute. The first days of spring? It’s 20 February as I write this! The temperature outdoors should be below freezing! And we’re wearing t-shirts in the garden… Birds have begun to build nests and there are so many flowers in bloom. If it starts to freeze in the next few weeks, none of this will survive.

Is this extremely warm February an omen of an even drier summer? It’s delightful, of course, this warmth, but climate change is showing itself shamelessly early this year. These happy spring days should have waited for another month; this spring boost isn’t worth another dry summer. Give me a winter dip for another few weeks – the summer will be here soon enough. 

Angelo Braam is a second-year Bachelor’s student in International Development Studies

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  • Yassmin

    It is very simplistic to say that it is a warm February because of climate change. Climate change can lead to colder climates as well. But simple reasoning is useful for simple minds when it is about climate change.

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    • Yassmin

      To whoever used my name: The "Naam" section is used to write your own name or nickname, not the person you want to comment at their comment :)
      If this is the mistake you could've made.
      And on this blog scientific ideas and relative comments on those ideas from students are shared through their blogs and student's life. It's a decent place where people discussion in academic and prestigious language and attitude, and whoever has additional information to add or correct an information, he or she would be discussing using the same language, but when you use a different language, then properly you don't have a useful information. There's a language for science and it's the language of trust and respect.

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  • Yassmin

    To whoever used my name: The "Naam" section is used to write your own name or nickname, not the person you want to comment at their comment :)
    If this is the mistake you could've made.
    And on this blog scientific ideas and relative comments on those ideas from students are shared through their blogs and student's life. It's a decent place where people discussion in academic and prestigious language and attitude, and whoever has additional information to add or correct an information, he or she would be discussing using the same language, but when you use a different language, then properly you don't have a useful information. There's a language for science and it's the language of trust and respect.

  • Zie ook

    Zie ook https://www.trouw.nl/groen/je-bent-klimaatwetenschapper-en-ligt-in-februari-al-in-de-zon-dat-voelt-dubbel~a0b029e1/

  • Yassmin

    I read it in Dutch :), It's great you pointed out to climate change! Yes, warmer weather is great but not when climate change is the director and humans are the producer!


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