Winter Is Not Over
Another Southern Storm Approaches
Yes, yet another weak system moving NE into our area will bring a surge of warm moist air to our area. The pattern is essentially the same, but this time the cold air is lacking. Portions of the Midwest (Chicago – Detroit for example) will get a second nice snowfall out of this. But for us, rain.
THIS DOES NOT MEAN WINTER IS OVER!
It is sad, but we have degraded to the point that winter must only exist where it snows. If it doesn’t snow, winter is over. I don’t get it.
In the weather weenie world of social media and now in private forecasters, because it has not snowed or will not snow for a couple to few storms in a row = winter is dead and over. Since when did winter in the state of PA not include rain? Mild to warm temperatures with sunshine?
Please understand, I grew up in upstate NY at an elevation of 2300’ and believe me we got winter rain, warm and mild sunny days. Did that mean winter was over? NO. And it is not over this year either.
Remember last winter? Warmest winter on record for many states in the NE. Practically no snow, then the middle of March we got nearly 2’. Do you remember the year before, another very mild winter, in April we got over 6” of snow? Yet, if its Feb 9, a rainstorm is coming, along with mild to warm temperatures, one must declare that winter is over?
Why can’t we just enjoy the weather that is with us, remember the weather that is behind us, and not worry about the weather that is well in front of us?
I love a good rain storm. I love a good snowstorm. I love a warm sunny day. I love cold sunny days that still melt the ice off the pavement. Hey, it’s weather. It’s all the weather we got. Let’s enjoy it.
Besides, some snow might surprise us in the middle of what is the “end of winter” … like maybe Monday morning? Maybe yes, maybe no, but possible. Maybe at the end of next week? Maybe yes, maybe no. But certainly, no “winter is over” party going on.
Again, please enjoy the weather you got!
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Pastor Terry. He received his bachelors degree in Meteorology from the State University of New York at Oneonta, in 1994. The education continued as a hobby by reading the blogs of some of the best forecasters in the business. Although forceasting the weather is an imperfect science, it is a pleasure to follow what the Creator has made.