Winters really did used to be different. In 1772, Washington, at Mount Vernon, and Jefferson, at Monticello, both recorded three feet of snow. The storm trapped them in their homes for two weeks.
Here I sit, in the Belize breeze, headed back home where the snow will have just turned to rain by the time we land. Someone like me, who loves storms and being cocooned at home, should have lived in 1772.