Who's asking: Gary Fleder
This question came up when I told my friend Gary that we'd already had a frost here. Like me, Gary grew up in the gentle climate of Tidewater Virginia. He doesn't remember his Boston winters fondly; I suspect that he thinks I'll eventually surrender to the Maine temperatures and return to Los Angeles.
But in fact, it has snowed in Los Angeles, though not in our lifetime. The last recorded snowfall in Los Angeles happened on January 22, 1962, when the city got only a trace. The heaviest recorded snowfall was about a third of an inch, in January 1949.
It's inarguable: Los Angeles' climate is better than Maine's. I didn't move here for the climate, and the truth is that I love the snow. The cooler temperatures make Dizzy act like a puppy again, as he chases all the squirrels who still haven't learned to respect his authority.
It's easy to be carefree about winter in the glory of a Maine fall day, but I did feel a pang yesterday when I noticed the sun already low in the sky at 4:45 p.m. The cold and the snow don't bother me as much as the darkness; this may be the year that I buy one of those broad-spectrum lights.