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Wow. A 50-degree drop in temperature is pretty radical, especially when it is within 48 hours. I’m thinking Mother Nature just pleased everyone.
Wimps to the cold, like me, loved those warm days, and those who embrace the cold, got plenty. Almost three months ago (Nov. 7), I wrote about my winter predictions. Let’s see how I’ve done so far.
Let’s look at Mother Nature’s signs I mentioned back then and do a little tally. The first snow fell on unfrozen ground. That is supposed to mean the winter will be mild. Well, so far it really has been a mild winter, so Mother got that one right.
The squirrels gathered lots of nuts (meaning cold), the anthills were not high in July (meaning not much snow), and the first week of August was unusually warm (meaning lots of snow and a long winter). So, that’s one right and two wrong, for a total of two right and two wrong. But wait, there’s more.
A green Christmas equals a white Easter. We basically had a green Christmas, yet there was some white stuff still around from three days before. I’d add that one to the right side of the column.
The longer the autumn leaves hang on, the colder the winter will be. That’s one of my favorites. The leaves stayed on for much longer than normal this year, but winter has been warmer than normal (so far).
Add another to the wrong column.
The persimmon seed held a spoon this year, meaning a snowy winter. Not so far. The grand tally makes Mother Nature right three times and wrong four times. Now, let’s look at what the two Farmer’s Almanacs and I predicted.
The orange/green one called for average temperatures, very white and wet. The pale yellow one called for colder and drier than normal. I predicted colder than normal, with one big snow event lasting days and one power outage ice event.
I thought the 3-inch snow fall was our one big one. I’m still waiting on the ice. All this one direction, then another, reminds me of the scene of the scarecrow in the field in the Wizard of Oz. He keeps changing his mind and the direction of his arms. It’s just wacky.
One weather thing that we can all agree on is that we’ve had a good amount of rain, measuring 5 inches in January alone. We need to recover from all the recent years of drought. The damage has been devastating for our trees and the evidence just showed up.
The recent high winds have really cleared the woods of the weak and dying. Drive west along Highway 44 and take a look up the hills. It’s almost like a tornado came thru and knocked half of the trees down. Not a healthy look.
We’re now half way through winter. Maybe we should wait a little longer before we go counting all the rights and wrongs from Mother’s signs. After all, Old Man Winter has 43 more days to decide what to bring us. Personally, I feel like we’re the rope in a tug of war between mild and wild. We just have to hold on.
Now, go get those seeds started.
Time is starting to speed up even as the days grow longer.
February is short and then everything starts happening in March. The Heirloom Seed Workshop at the library is scheduled for March 2.
The Miss Fix It Workshop in Lexington is March 9.
Those are two of my most favorite spring events. Hopefully, our weather will be on the mild side for both. Happy growing.
Cheryl Steenerson is a gardening columnist for The Anderson News.