I give up, April 1st, no joke. Winter is not coming this year… Usually about now, we would be taking the plow off from the tractor and storing the snow shovels for summer. We did that a month ago. Last weekend, I tuned up the string-trimmer and mowed the pathways before they looked like prairie grass overtaking the yard. I got a nice rosy tint of light sunburn on my forearms and neck as temperatures sore in the mid-70’s & 80’sF.
And, me stocking up on toilet paper, when I should have been hoarding sun screen in March! (Can’t find it in the stores… must of been swept up with all those college students going on Spring breaks before anyone shouted, “COVID19!”). So what happened with the Fog in August winter forecast? Any climate-change-deniers want to raise your hands?
As a reminder, we had 20 foggy days in August 2019. The Haggers-Town Almanak forecast 23 possible snow storms. No too far apart. By the ole-timey calculation, we should have had around 20 snow storms.
At our home in the mid-ranges of the Appalachian Mountains, we ended up with one storm with 1 – 4 inches of snow, and one storms with 4 – 8 inch of snow, none deeper than that. We had nine storms with flurries to less than 1 inches of snow. We had a few nights in the 20’sF, but within days we were back into the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, and even 70’sF, even in January and February. Poof! Oh, did I mention the 33 rain storms over winter. That means we had plenty of moisture, just temperatures over 32F.
While in the big-picture climate-change believers are calling for a few degrees increase in average temperatures, on many up-swing days were are closer to 20 to 30F degrees warmer than prior averages. On the other hand, we hardly had mud-season this year for the ground never froze.
That meant that we could drive our new Honda Insight hybrid car to work through most of the season that we would have needed to slog up our dirt road in the Subaru Ascent. And, on warmer days (65F is great) the Mrs is pulling into the garage with 60 to 65 MPG. Hot Damn! And, the other day she filled up the tank with all of 8.5 gallons of no-corn-ethonal gas, about about $2ish per gallon for a whopping $17. Double, Hot Damn!!