As you know, we live off the grid; have for nearly 40 years now. Our energy consumption, capture, and storage protocols were based on "normal" weather; normal winter and summer sun and wind.
But- we don't have them any more. Typically here in SE Minnesota, late January and early February are brilliantly sunny. Cold; but totally clear skies. That works great for photovoltaic power, in fact; yes, the days are shorter, but the cold dramatically increases the panels' output; for every 3°C colder than the specified temp; which is around +27°C; the panels put out 1% more power than specs. So- when it's -10°F; e.g. -23°C; which used to be very common week long temperatures here; the panels are putting out around 17% more power. That's a lot.
The past several years though have shown a new January/February pattern - which does not include sunny days. Warm (for January in Minnesota) - it hasn't been below freezing for a week now- and...
This is what our world has looked like, for days, and days, and days....... we are now living in Niflheim; one of the realms from Norse Mythology - "Mist World". Primordial snow and ice and damp- and no sun. Yup. Here we are. Well, plus we have primordial mud, at 2 PM daily.
Besides being depressing, just a bit, our energy processes are messed up, good. No, solar panels do not put out significant power in this kind of fog/cloud cover. So- we are forced to burn gasoline to run our backup generators, which we have for the supposedly occasional week with no sun. Those sunless weeks happened every year - once, or twice. Now- we have them every other week. It seems.
Which creates another "not in the plans" problem- we own 4 backup generators; for 3 locations and a spare... 3 out of 4 are now dead; from being run so constantly; far more than designed for. We now spend an hour or so a day running the one generator around (in the slush no vehicle can move through) from one site to another; and wondering if we have enough gas...
And if you are using solar heat - same thing; your building will not be getting warm today.
These impacts are here, now. Affecting everyone. But it's like "being nibbled to death by ducks" - it kind of seems harmless; until you die.
It's not harmless, though; it's cumulative, and weakens everything we depend on.