Today is the first day of spring, but here in the Chicago area you wouldn't know it. This morning I woke to snow flurries. The weather forecast for the next few days looks like this:
While tomorrow and Saturday don't look to bad, the beginning of spring break week is not as warm as I would like it to be. This winter's cold weather and 80-plus inches of snow has broken me. I know there are places in the United States that look at Chicago and think we're cold weather wimps. I also know that I choose NOT to live in such places.
I like having seasons. I usually don't mind winter OR snow. Usually, our winters aren't this brutal.
There are some positive sides to this especially cold and snowy winter. The large amounts of snow will help reverse some of the drought conditions that have plagued us the past few years, and the over 90% ice coverage on the Great Lakes will help prevent evaporation, helping to restore the lake levels, which were getting low in some places. Some pests, such as the Emerald Ash Borer will see a decline in population thanks to the prolonged extreme cold.
The most positive positive, though, is how happy I'll be when it's well and truly spring and daffodils and tulips are sprouting in yards and trees begin budding and I can get out in my yard and get it cleaned up from the winter's mess.
And before we know it, we'll be complaining about the oppressive heat of August.