Saturday, January 19, 2013
Today is an unseasonable wealth of bright sun and clear blue sky, with a predicted high of 48˚F! An amazing temperature for this time of year during a typical Ohio winter…though I'm becoming increasingly convinced that "typical" is a word which may have outlived it's usefulness when it comes to accurately describing seasons and weather.
What's typical anymore? This winter, like last year's version, is anything but typical. Is untypical now the typical?
Hey, I'm not the only one confused.
Daffodils are coming up all around the cottage. In the yard of my neighbor on the hill the ground is awash with patches of white snowdrops and yellow aconites—and both have already been blooming at her place for at least a couple of weeks! More than a month ahead of their typical schedule.
A January thaw is one thing, this is something else. It really hasn't been all that cold since winter began—though that's soon going to change somewhat. Tomorrow's high will only reach 28˚F, and by Tuesday the high temp is predicted at 12˚F. That is cold, at least relatively speaking—though again, during a typical Buckeye winter, we'd already have been there and done that several times, and by now, probably seen a few days with highs below zero; 12˚ above might have constituted a warming trend.
Of course winter isn't over. But no matter what the weather does from here on out, the shaggy white beast of winter has already lost its bite.