1816 is infamous for being a year without a summer — the result of a couple of major world volcanoes that changed the temperature on earth. The result is weather history. I am not worried that we won’t see summer this year – we’re calling for an incredibly hot season – although I am beginning to wonder if there will be a spring. We are getting plenty of mail about the unusual cold and snow much of the country is receiving, including the snow we predicted for the Northeast and Midwest this week.
Here is a message from a friend, Dale, who lives in the Midwest:
“Well. You said we’d have an April surprise. Looks like it will come tomorrow – tax day. Compounding misery! Worst of all, my daffodils and tulips will freeze! Now that, sir, is too much! Oh well. Nice prognosticating.”
Dale was putting a blanket on his flowers. Yesterday, I marked my calendar as the day all of the snow finally left my yard. Today, I awoke to 2” of snow, leaving things looking a lot like Christmas (again). It is difficult to pinpoint storms in April to exact locations. We do have 3 storms mentioned in our pages and it looks like another long month with its ups and downs.
Personally, I’m getting really anxious to get my docks in at my summer home. So, last Sunday night, I pushed my float onto the ice, slid it to a chain that was popping up through the ice and hooked it. Now, the float patiently sits there just waiting for the two feet of ice to disappear. At least it saves me from swimming it out in May.