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The Cold Filtered Ramblings of Gene Mueller

February 73rd

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Snow on April 14th?  Really?

If it was ever going to happen, it would be during what's passing for spring in Wisconsin in 2013 during which sun is a stranger and a socked-in gray sky a constant companion.  February overstayed its welcome beyond the customary 28 or 29 days, stretching through March into April.

This Sunday is February 73rd, by my calendar.

Then there's the rain.  And the cold.

Usually by now, the weather gods at least have given us a TASTE of what better things will feel like--a couple of days in the 60's or 70's with lots of sun, enough to get us out of the house and over to the garden center for mulch and gladiolas.   

Not this year, and perhaps not this month.   Jesse Ritka's advanced Storm Team 4 forecast this Sunday morning calls for another week of showers and highs in the...gulp...upper 40's at best, for the most part, after a brush with the 50's Monday.  And, she says the rest of the month looks to be unseasonably cool.

My forecast: Mostly grumpy with occasional flashes of anger.

You don't need a weatherman (or woman) to tell you that the alleged Spring of 2013 altered people's moods in these parts, and not in a good way.   We're ornery, quick to anger, not our usual happy selves.   Patience is gone and tempers frayed.   Being stuck inside has that effect on folks, normally happy denizens who've been cooped up since January.

We can't even agree on the weather.   Bring the subject up and you could find a like-thinker, more than happy to grouse with you about Mother Nature's slights to southeastern Wisconsin.   You may also come across a meteorological apologist, happy to defend the current conditions as "typical", reminding you that a warm Wisconsin spring isn't guaranteed, eager to defend the steady dose of slop we're getting as part of the privilege of living in this great state.   

Smile, turn away and continue to the drug store for another bottle of Vitamin D.

We've seen these "springs" before although the 2013 version seems unusually tenacious and tedious.   Better days are coming--they have to, because that's how the planet will eventually be tilted--and when they arrive, dance around the pagan maypole and sing festive songs.   We all remember years when there was no spring, when temps peaked in the 40's and 50's for most of the season before--BAM--one day it was 85 and conditions stayed that way until September.

Until then, monitor your sump pump, tend to the cold you might've had since mid-March and keep the shovel at the ready.    My wife reminds me she was born in the middle of a blizzard in Central Wisconsin.

That was on April 24th.



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