Today’s high was 100+ degrees (exactly how high depends on whose data you’re looking at), for the fourth consecutive day. The last time that happened was 1936, a year known for its furnace of a summer.
A few records from 1936 have fallen this year, and autumn is still two months away.
Jake & I were out in it for a while this afternoon, running some errands. We stopped at the haircut place, for a trim (both of us); we hit the local Target, to buy a new filter for the vacuum cleaner (it turns out Target sells the vacuum cleaners, but not the filters); and – our final stop – Lowe’s, for a soaker hose (we found a nice one, and not too expensive).
The lawn looks terrible: brown, dry, utterly lifeless. Even the shady spots are in sad shape. But I don’t mind that. The grass will come back. (It always does.)
But the trees are looking stressed. (Having the fence guys drive their Bobcat over their roots couldn’t have helped.) So the plan is to give them a good soak, first thing Sunday morning, which is why Jake & I went hose-shopping.
(That just sounds naughty.)
We woke up this morning expecting to see snow on the ground; there was none. Crazy weather, we thought.
The snow started around 7:30am. It’s still coming down, but just flurries. The grass is mostly covered, but streets and sidewalks remain clear.
Today’s forecast calls for a high around 40°, rising into the fifties for the rest of the week, so our bonus winter won’t last long.
RAIN OR SNOW IN THE EVENING…THEN SNOW AFTER MIDNIGHT. SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 2 TO 4 INCHES. LOWS IN THE LOWER 30S. WINDY. NORTH WINDS 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 35 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 80 PERCENT.
Snow? It’s almost April!
(Poor NOAA. Money is so tight they can’t even afford lowercase letters.)
NOAA reports a temperature of 70° as of 2:00pm: first time this year it’s been so warm.
Most years, I end up complaining that the first 70° day is late. Not this year.
The current NOAA forecast is unusually blunt:
A WIND CHILL WARNING MEANS THE COMBINATION OF VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS WILL CREATE DANGEROUSLY LOW WIND CHILL VALUES. THIS WILL RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA OR DEATH IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.
…but it’s -14° just now, so perhaps they’re justified.
This morning it was warm – 39° – and raining; now it’s 27° and sunny (but also windy).
Yesterday’s ice storm brought down quite a few tree branches, including one in our front yard. I suppose I should get out there and finish removing it from the tree (since currently it’s still attached, hanging by a small strip of wood), and then figure out if/when the city yard-waste crews will be making the rounds.
Sputnik reported 0° at 8:00am. I don’t think we’ll be going anywhere today….
Warm this morning (43°), but also windy and raining.
Due to young Mr. Jacob’s general lack of urgency in getting ready for school, and Papa’s failure to keep a close eye on the time, we were several minutes late to the bus stop this morning; and the bus was a few minutes early. It was a near thing.
This morning’s weather, crummy as it is, still qualifies as an improvement over yesterday: Monday morning, we woke up to temperatures just below freezing, with a weak drizzle of rain, and ice everywhere. It wasn’t enough ice to coat the trees (and bring down limbs, snap power lines, etc.), but it was quite sufficient to glaze the roads and make driving on secondary streets – left unsalted as part of a recently-announced city cost-cutting measure – quite treacherous.
But Jake made it to school yesterday, Sam made it to preschool, and nothing bad happened to any of us. I even won a dollar in County Market’s Christmas promotion, so it was a day both adventuresome and profitable.
I looked out the office window just now, and saw…snow, the first of the season.
It’s coming down pretty hard, but the ground is warm enough yet that it’s not sticking.
I think Jennifer is out driving in it, too. Poor Jennifer.
Rather chilly at the bus stop this morning: a mere 49°, according to NOAA.
(Before the temperature drops too much further, I need to find myself a new jacket. The one I wore last year doesn’t fit so well any more.)