This is a subject for anyone who has lived in their region for the past 20 of 50 years.
Yakima valley, Washington state.
when I was very young in 1994 I remember abundant snow falling every year, of course when you that young everything is large to you, but I remember winter being so cold that
your fingers would hurt, snow was usually piled down the middle of the road that made a wall that divided it. snow would still be falling even in february.
I asked one of our senior Librarians, and she told me that 50 years ago it would get so cold that you could litterally ice skate on the nearby ponds near the yakima river.
as far as the rain goes once the snow melt had past our spring rain and summer downpour felt heavier, and streets would literally transform our county roads into lakes.
Today it is drastically different with the weather patterns being more and more sporatic, my biggest concern today is how long is our aquifer may start losing its water due to the fact that some neighbors still use the water as liberally as they did then and more so when they start pumping wells to water large acres to water grassland for sheep.
So what do you guys have to offer from your memories from you home towns.
Younger people and transient people can access similar information by talking to old-timers and others who have lived in the local area for a long time, and, to some extent, by very careful observation of garden plants....such as many young specimens of a relatively tender species, but no old plants, which would indicate a warming trend. Old photographs and old books give clues as well. Everywhere I've lived, all of these signs point to warming, particularly warming winters. I knew this about the place I live now within a year of coming here, by seeing old photos of the nearby town deep in snow 100 years ago, and now there are citrus everywhere to be seen there, and even an avocado or two. But none of them very old.