What Happened to Winter?
March 27, 2012
I checked the weather reports almost every week – waiting to see that one little four letter word that usually shows up during the months of December, January, and February: Snow. I was looking forward to winter all summer long. When summer became fall, I started waiting and getting ready for the blustery, frigid, wonderful flakes I knew just had to be around the corner. Halloween came – no snow. That was typical. Thanksgiving came and still no snow. Then came a spattering of snow in December, but it was just enough to be an annoyance and it didn’t last. I was certain that Mother Nature was saving all of her energy for something dramatic.
December faded into January, and it hadn’t even gotten seriously cold. I’d watch news reports of where it had snowed several feet in places where friends lived, and I felt insanely jealous. I really wanted snow – no ice, mind you – just some snow and some cold. February came and I was positive that winter was going to show up on Valentine’s Day and carry on until St. Patrick’s Day in March.
It didn’t. It never showed up. There was no winter – just a really, really long fall.
Now here’s spring, showing up several weeks early, and I’m worried. Spring normally takes a little longer to get started. I'm worried that summer will take it upon itself to show up the first week of May and park itself over the Midwest until October. There will be snow next winter. There could be a blizzard before Halloween. It could happen because no matter how advanced meteorology gets, it will always be the best guess. Sometimes the guess is correct and other times, it’s wrong.
Red Bridge Branch