by Jeff Salter
This year the local weather has been strange … even to me, who’s only been in this place (southeast KY) for about 5.5 years.
You see, for a total of some five decades, I lived in the South, including roughly 46 years in Louisiana. And Danica the Cajun Fox aptly described the state of LA summer in her post, here, yesterday.
What I’ve gotten used to (up here) is about four months of fierce winter – mid-Nov. to mid-Mar. – followed by some six weeks of mixed cold and cool temperatures. Then May warms slowly … but it doesn’t usually get hot until late-Jun. through August. Plus: the humidity NEVER reaches the average of 98% which I was used to in LA.
Well, THIS year has been haywire. Hardly any winter days which were really cold, relatively little snowfall … and an early Spring started in February! Yeah. The trees and bushes were blooming in Feb. Confused the heck out of some flora, but the poison ivy and briars didn’t skip a beat — they were thriving two months early!
So what was my point? Um … not sure really. Something about the weather being haywire. This year, we’ve had some warm mornings in March and cool mornings in May. Much of April was hot.
There have been beautiful blossoms all over (before the heavy rains beat them down) … and the trees in our farm woods very quickly ‘leafed-out’. But I fear our short, dis-jointed Spring is already over and summer will begin tomorrow. Good grief.
What was I thinking last year?
Here’s what I had to say about the season, last year, in this general time frame:
Armed Forces Day
Don’t forget: Saturday the 19th is Armed Forces Day. Celebrated on the third Saturday of May, Armed Forces Day was established in August, 1949. It replaced separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days, marking the unification of the Armed Forces under one Department — the Department of Defense. It’s a day set aside to honor all members of all American armed forces.
How has YOUR Spring been so far?
What’s your weather been like?
Do you get MORE creative in spring … or less?