Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Looking for Winter, Finding Spring

It seems strange to be saying this, but I am finding Spring already.

It's only January 4th and the weather in Kentucky so far this Winter has been strange and wondrous. We have been enjoying temperatures in the 50s and 60s F. with bright, shining, sunny days. We've had a bit of rain accompanied by slate-grey skies, and on the 2nd we had a storm with tiny bits of hail landing on the back deck. We saw on TV later that there was tornadic activity east of us that flattened several homes.

In years past, when we have had winters like this, trees started budding early, Spring flowers started blooming, and our lilac bush started flowering. They were soon killed, however, when a later Winter storm settled in.

But, other than several days of heavy frost and a tiny bit of snow, we have had no winter weather to speak of. In a way that's good. In a way, however, that's bad because it bodes a sudden kick in the pants by the weather fairy. Come the end of this month or early February, we will most likely experience a heck of a storm with lots of snow.

There was a picture in our local weekly rag last week of our City Lake, the main source of our water supply. The water level in the lake was the lowest I had ever seen it in 30 years. The accompanying story said it was at a 50-percent level. And, that's after receiving over 40 inches of rain in 2005. That's bad. If we don't get some rain soon, the water district will have to start buying water from another source and they will, no doubt, charge us for the extra expense. And, that's very bad.

So, as much as I hate to say it, we are looking for Winter and finding Spring. We need the Winter precipitation badly, and all the nastiness that accompanies this wish, or we are going to be in big trouble come the actual Spring. Our local farmers are going to be hurting, crops will suffer, and who pays for it in the end? The consumer, and that's us.

So, I say, let it snow a big one. We are prepared. After all, we still have our virgin snowblower sitting in the garage just itching to be used.


At January 04, 2006 12:28 PM, Blogger Abandoned in Pasadena said...

That tornatic activity that you speak of touched down just one mile from us, as the crow flies...a bit too close for comfort.

We were at a local restaurant,Papaleno's, when my son and my youngest daughter both called to tell us to stay where we were because a tornado had been spotted in our area.

At the time, we were watching straight-line winds whip thru our town and debris flying all over the place. By the time we finished our meal things had quieted down.

At January 04, 2006 5:15 PM, Blogger Tomas Dennis said...

Motherkitty forgot to mention the earthquake this week.

At January 06, 2006 10:54 AM, Blogger susan said...

Sounds like we are having the same weather, enjoy it while it lasts, because you know what always comes! COLD ! ! ! As a matter of fact, it is quite cold here today - freezing at noon, with snow flurries earlier.

At January 07, 2006 3:02 PM, Blogger judypatooote said...

I still see fall, because my leave are all down finally in the back yard.....the snow and cold came before they all fell.....i haven't gotten out to rake, because, well just spring will be a dandy job for me.....but i tackle it all just one day at a time....thats probably why the leaves are still there.....but I got my Christmas tree down....yeah


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