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Year Without a Spring?

Year Without a Spring?

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.

4 comments

1 Peter Kane { 04.17.14 at 10:46 pm }

Oh, there will be a spring. If you averaged out the temperatures for April, it has been warmer-than average. The only exception was the Midwesf. It has been warm as of late in where I live, Southeastern Pennsylvania.

2 marcia { 04.17.14 at 10:23 am }

Haha! 80° one day 20° the next… It’s everywhere! I drive truck for living and can’t help but laugh at all the crazy weather this year!

3 brittnie { 04.16.14 at 11:45 pm }

I live in pa Sunday was 80 Monday in the 20s an Tuesday we had snow on the grown now tomorrow Thursday its going to be 60 this weather is crazy.

4 Denise { 04.16.14 at 4:06 pm }

I hope this is our last cold blast for the Mid-Atlantic region. I’m fed up with all of this cold weather. It’s been a very cold winter in central VA and I’m ready for the weather to finally warm up for good… I’m a little scared because I put in for vacation the 3rd and 4th week of June and I don’t want it to be too cool plus I notice you guys are calling for storms. Do you think it will just be the typical summer afternoon thunderstorms fueled by the high heat & humidity or is it going to be cool, rainy and damp the whole time? I hope the weather heats up by June!! Thanks

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