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Pat’s Bits & Pieces – February, thank goodness

Bet you never heard that from me before.

I never thought I would be so glad to see February arrive, but this year I am. January has been the coldest I can remember and the longest month ever, so now that it is finally over, February has absolutely got to be better this year.

It has definitely been a long cold month, one to stay inside as much as possible. We have had quite a bit of sunshine though, which is great as long as you don’t have to step outside to enjoy it.

I hope these days of below zero wind chill and negative temperatures are done for another year now. I am thoroughly sick of frigid nights, cold windy days and snowstorms, not being able to go out without heavy coat, boots, scarf and gloves, and frozen fingers and ears when I forget.

I want to get out my sandals again!

I think my dislike of the second month of the year comes from the cold days of January. By the time February rolls around, I am ready for spring again, but we seldom see much in the way of warm weather to raise our spirits until late March in this part of the country. And those cold, cold days just seem to drag by — sometimes we even have to wait for May…

In fact I remember building a little snowman on our picnic table on our first camping trip of the year once – on Memorial Weekend. That’s another first I don’t care to repeat.

Meanwhile it is still January. The frigid temperatures on Monday closed every school in the State. Many were still closed today (Wednesday) because of the wind chill.

In looking for and wishing for better weather, I checked out the forecast for February (and early March) on Accu Weather this morning and discovered that although they are predicting lower than normal temperatures through the coming month and early March, they are still going to be better than January. At least that is what they are saying now.

Accu Weather is predicting temperatures in the high 10s and low 20s through February 10th; and from the mid-20s to mid-30s right through the next four weeks until March 1. It may still be pretty cold, but at least it is all predicted to be above zero. Then it is more of the same through mid-March with highs only in the 30s until the middle of the month.

According to them, the mercury won’t hit the 40s until the last two weeks of March and it looks to be another cool Irish Festival this year. I keep wishing for a repeat of a couple of years ago, when the thermometer was in the 70s during the Irish Festival parade. Wasn’t that great?

Back to February. Very little snow is predicted, with flurries on the 18th, 26th, and 28th only, so hopefully there will be less shoveling and a bit more sunshine.

I also checked out the Grand Rapids National Weather service who didn’t have a long-range forecast I could find (and understand) although they did say, “Another Artic high drops the country in the central states in the wake of the low early next week with cyclonic flow allowing lake effect show shower through the extended period and beyond.” Pretty confusing, but I guess that means “still cold,” and “more snow.”

They did say this has been the snowiest January on record in some parts of Michigan. January may place in the Top 20 coldest in parts of Michigan, the weather service said.

If you think what we have suffered through is bad though, I did a little more searching and according to infoplease.com’s list of record low temperatures for each state, the lowest temperature recorded in Michigan was in Vanderbilt on February 9, 1935 when the mercury dropped to a bone-chilling negative 51 degrees.

That’s unbelievable.

A quick note on press day: Just heard the forecast has changed once again. Now we are expecting up to three inches of snow and winds up to 40 miles per hour…this must be Michigan.

One Response to Pat’s Bits & Pieces – February, thank goodness

  1. vinner38 Reply

    February 1, 2014 at 12:45 am

    The MI liberals will tell you its Global warming that is causing the cold temps.

    If that is so, Why then when I was a child living on Bear Lake did we have -30 temps back then.

    Its all an agenda to tax and regulate these days.

    Signed Vince Eaton
    Formerly of Clare County

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