March–Out like a lamb?


After a rather stormy winter, we’ve had a couple of days in the 70s, or near to them. Of course, we’ve had those before, with snow storms shortly following. And it’s not impossible that we’ll have a snow storm yet. In past years, Kansas City has seen snow in April, and on the rare occasion, even into May.

I don’t really expect this to happen, but with the weird weather we’ve gotten this year, polar vortexes and all, who knows? If we do happen to get another snow, I doubt it’ll last long. Most of the time, even the worst of our snow is gone within three days, except where it is piled in parking lots, and on north slopes.

The trees have started budding, the grass is starting to turn green, various places flowers are starting to bloom. All in all, signs of spring.





Interesting Weather



So far this winter we have had mostly mild weather, unlike some other parts of the country. We’ve had a little snow, that didn’t last long. We’ve had some really cold weather, that also didn’t last long. But mostly pretty decent weather.

That’s supposed to change tomorrow night. According to the forecast, we’re going to get “the worst winter storm in two years”.

Considering that two years ago we had a blizzard, and the winters since then have been fairly mild, that’s mostly just saying it’ll be somewhat short of a blizzard.

It sounds like we could have anything from freezing rain to a couple of inches of snow, with no real way to tell which it is going to be. So I’m just hoping we don’t have an ice storm. Those can be nasty, and knock the power out for weeks. We haven’t had one of those for several years, either.

It does remind me, however, of the times we went to visit relatives in Texas for Christmas. We went to see them about every ten years, and every time we went, we got hit with “the worst ice storm in 10 years”. It always made driving back a real joy.

Right at the moment, the sun is shining, the sky is blue, and it looks really lovely out. But it’s cold, much colder than it’s been for the last couple of weeks. But then, we’ve been having highs in the 50-60 degree range in that time, which is a bit unusual for this time of year.

If they continue to predict the winter storm (this is Missouri, it could decide to go any direction with little warning), it wouldn’t surprise me if the schools called a snow day preemptively on Wednesday night (we’ve only had a half-snow day so far this school year). And it also wouldn’t surprise me if the dog spent most of the day on Wednesday huddled down in the corner somewhere, even if the weather’s fine that day.