Long Island’s Long Winter
The season of winter is typically recognized as the months of December, January and February, although scientifically it is from mid December to mid March (winter solstice to spring solstice). This winter, the winter of 2010 / 2011, has been so severe that I find it hard to recall what a beautiful, warm sunny day feels like or even what the color of grass looks like. It has been brutal!
Venturing out requires forethought. The clothes. The driveway. The roads. The simple things I take for granted, like enjoying a stroll with my iPod and my camera, have to be weighed against Mother Nature and her fierce punishing of Long Island, as if it were some bratty child. What have we done to deserve her seemingly, perpetual wrath?
The truth is that weather patterns, like the severity of the current one we are experiencing, are just that: weather patterns. Annual weather patterns typically ‘setup’ every year between October 1st and November 10th. This year, our weather pattern is partially influenced by La Niña along with some other dominant features. Don’t make me get too technical. The bad news is that our winter forecast here on Long Island is set for ‘above average’ precipitation. Duh!
I’m waiting for all the scientists to get moving with the spring / summer forecasts. I’m hoping for average rain and above average sun! But who can know for sure? I’m just happy that the groundhog DID NOT see his shadow this past Tuesday and is forecasting an early Spring. Like the image at the beginning of this blog post, I’m ‘Reaching For Warmth’. I need to thaw out.