Tuesday, December 15, 2015
WHERE THE HELL IS WINTER?
It has been raining all day today and is forecast to rain all day tomorrow. The rain doesn’t bother me – I actually like being in the house with the rain drumming on our metal roof while I read, sleep or use the computer (retirement is a tough act.) But the thing that does bother me is the warm temperatures.
Last year at this time we had day temperatures in the teens and twenties with two feet of snow on the ground and snow events happening about once every week or ten days. This year there is no snow and the temps have been ten to fifteen degrees above normal all month and the next fifteen-day forecast is predicting more of the same. When the temperatures are high thirties to mid-forties it is too warm to use the wood stove and so we are using expensive oil to keep house temperatures comfortable.
I miss the snow: I love the snow. We live in western Maine because we like the four seasons. We are willing to endure mud season and bug season because we know fall season and winter season are to follow.
We lived in Florida for a couple of years and there were no markers to changing seasons – I much preferred the twenty-four hours of daylight and twenty-four hours of darkness in arctic Alaska to the monotony of the never ending summer time of Florida weather.
This is a crazy weather pattern and I hope it doesn't become the norm.