Do you remember that TV commercial where Mother Nature thinks that she’s tasting butter but it’s really margarine? And when she realizes she’s being fooled she states “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature” and then causes it to thunder?
Well I’m beginning to wonder if Mother Nature is being fooled or fooling us. Doesn’t it seem odd that the two snowfalls that made a big impact in the East this year came in the fall and the spring, and not in the winter? Did someone switch Mother Nature’s calendar, or is she reminding us that she’s in charge and not the calendar?
There’s been a lot of talk about a most unusual configuration of the jet stream this past winter, allowed by the phenomena known as the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) and the Arctic Oscillation (AO), which didn’t permit the cold air to penetrate as far south as it usually does. This combined with La Nina, seems to have kept the normal winter weather conditions away.
Then there’s the idea that Mother Nature balances her checkbook — meaning if we had a mild winter will she balance it out with a cold, stormy summer? Or will she wait until next winter to balance out the lack of winter weather …. Time will tell, but we will be sharing our long-range outlook for next winter this August….
But what do you think? Do you think this crazy weather will balance out? We have released our summer forecast and don’t call for anything too extreme or winter like, maybe she is waiting for winter 2013 . . .