Monday, January 27, 2020

January Thaw

Usually by this time I'm plotting my escape, even if it never actually happens.  Last year I fled to Hawaii in the middle of an arctic blast, busting through drifts at 4:30 am to get to the airport.  This year, not so much.

We are having a mild winter, despite predictions (take that, Farmer's Almanac).  Forty degrees and raining in January? Not normal, but I'll take it.  Hiking without snowshoes in many places? Okay!  We have had one "cold" snap, and it wasn't even below zero.

Even better, there is enough snow in the mountains to satisfy skiers, while it remains mild in the valleys, so there is a minimum of whining from winter lovers.  I can still run on my local trails, yet put on snowshoes for higher elevations.

Of course, we still have a ways to go, and I might spend February buried in layers and cursing myself for writing this blog and jinxing myself.  But I choose to think positively.  There is more daylight every day, and today I saw a rainbow arching over the entire valley.

I choose to believe that spring is right around the corner.

10 comments:

  1. I'm with you, Lynn. We can see (at least partially) green grass in our yard, and shoveling has been at a minimum I'll take it.

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    1. Me too! It's about time after a few cold winters.

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  2. We often get warm "Juneuary" here in the PNW. In the Cascades, March is often the snowiest month. Enjoy the rare warm spell.

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    1. March is really variable here. It can be snowy or warm. It's supposed to be 51 here this weekend!

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  3. Winter has been easy too in WNY. Just a dusting on the ground now and walked the dogs today in sneakers.

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  4. I am also choosing to believe spring is around the corner...close!! We have so enjoyed the few days of 70° in January and next week they are calling for 60°’s! Love it...bring on spring!!

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  5. Humpf! The snow here is piled all around, all around, and even a front end loader was brought in to shove the piles around. Glad SOME people have walkable trails and green grass....but we will have full acquifers. Like your post.

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