Nope, No Winter

Just a small tangential note on the last entry: I believe we can say with confidence at this point in the season that winter isn't happening. We had some days that could be described as crisp, and even some vague flurries that almost threatened to stick, but relatively balmy has been the norm since autumn. Many of our rose bushes still have flowers on them. They just never died.
I decided to go ahead and trim the fig trees mentioned in last week's update. They already (or still) have buds, seeming just ready to flower as soon as they sense the spring. I have no doubt but that it may start getting warmer next month. It will be time to cut the rose bushes, start planning the garden for growing season 2020, and plough the lot.
Which is not to say that the kale will suddenly explode into a lush bounty, but the artichokes remain monstrous and the avocado plants didn't die. Who knows but that the climate of Tottori may more closely resemble that of Central or South America than the southern United States.
(Really, really strange side note: Last week a native of Tottori asked me if I'd ever seen snow. Where do people think I lived before I came here?)
For a depressing and terrifying read, check out The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells. This author is a journalist, not a scientist, and has drawn a modicum of criticism from some scientists for his alarmism, but plenty of others also pointed out that the science he cites is, unfortunately, accurate. (There is no tl;dr here. You have to read the whole thing to truly understand the import of the potential calamity we're facing.)