Spring has sprung so early
I don’t know about you, but I feel like it’s summer break already and it’s Ohio … in March! What a marvel this warm weather has been. The sights, sounds and smells of spring are in full bloom and, according to Master Gardeners in Licking County, it’s three weeks early.
I can’t imagine how school children are focusing these past few weeks because I know I’ve had trouble concentrating on work myself. I simply can’t shake the feeling of summer vacation. My neighbor’s had a fire out in their fire pit already. It was all I could do not to run out there and join them, with S’more makings in hand. Alas, I was trying to get Sammy to sleep.
Not just the buds and blooms are waking up early either. The yellow jackets are out in full force on my back deck and the little sugar ants I fight each summer have already invited themselves in and brought their friends and relatives. My brain is struggling to believe I am dealing with these problems in March. It sure makes me wonder what is in store for the seasons ahead.
I got to poking around on the Internet trying to find the latest theories on this nonexistent winter and warmer than usual weather. It seems most folks want to blame global warming, La Nina or El Nino, but the predominant finding appears to be that the jet stream, which divides the cold air to the north from the warm air to the south, settled at a much higher latitude this year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Whatever the culprit, this “heat wave” has been breaking records across the nation — 2,200 of them to be exact.
According to Huliq.com, an independent news reporting organization, former Vice President Al Gore is calling it the other March Madness. I also saw it referred to as “the winter that wasn’t” — too funny. But you have to admit it is a little crazy.
Well, guess I better get my winter jacket back out … today it’s only going to be 50 degrees. Brrrrr!
Tuesday Trippier lives in Delaware, is a writer and mother of four with a special interest in learning about and writing about green living.