Brr!!! It’s been cold here! I don’t think I remember ever having a winter that consistently stayed this cold. There were winters when I was little that brought a lot of snow, but never these temperatures. I was reading a news article about upstate New York (where I live) a couple of days ago and was a bit surprised by the statistics: the average temperature this February has been 10.4 degrees; this is the first month EVER on record in which the temperature never rose above freezing (assuming the forecasts for the next two days are correct); we’ve gotten double the February average for snow this month; snow has fallen every single day this month (not always a lot, but at least a few snowflakes every single day); because it has been so cold and we’ve gotten so much snow, there is more snow on the ground than we’ve had any time in the past 8 years; towns are being forced to cut back on using salt (making the roads more dangerous) because they’re already running out and here in New York, we often get snow into April.
As I read this, all I could think of was “Yikes!” It made it up to 32 degrees last Sunday (unfortunately, I was heading back to college and didn’t get to enjoy it very much) and as my dad and I drove across town to visit my grandparents, we rolled the windows down. We kept remarking on how warm it was and how nice it felt, while in reality it wasn’t even above freezing. I generally don’t mind winter, but for the first time in my life, Florida is sounding rather nice (okay, let’s be honest, anything above like 20 sounds really great right about now).
With this brutal winter, I’m looking forward to spring even more than usual. I have a feeling we’re going to be there really soon because this month flew by. I can’t wait to go outside in my flip-flops (as a rule, I only wear them outside if it’s over 40 degrees), wear a t-shirt (or even just ditch the coat), and be able to go on a walk without worrying about frostbite (last week I was home for break and it got down to -30 with the windchill).
How’s the weather in your neck of the woods? Spring might look like it’s going to take it’s sweet time getting here, but it’ll be here soon. I hope.
*Facts from here.