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He started to say the "S" word

Category: FRED - the garden | Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2006 3:18 pm

I was watching the morning news and weather report on my favorite TV station this morning. Actually not really watching it, using it for background noise while I was reading the newest posts on the Stew.

The weekend weatherman was giving the standard one week forecast when my ears pricked up at what he had begun talking about. He said that it looked like our weather pattern would be changing drastically around the end of November. That could mean either we were going back to summer weather or heading into something called winter weather which we have not seen much of in the last few years.
I left the computer and gave him my full attention....with apprehension tho, because I was so afraid he would use the term "warm up" or worse yet "heating up" somewhere in the comments.

So I am standing in the doorway between my room and the livingroom listening intently. He says that around the end of November the atmosphere would do a complete flip.....that usually means either a High pressure system will move in or leave and since we have been having much cooler temps, there has not been a High pressure system over us. This left me with a feeling of dread, remembering the extremely high temps we have when the High pressure system is there. So there I stand chanting "cold and rain, cold and rain, cold and rain" My heart is saying PLEASE and my head is saying don't get your hopes up.

I must have some power that has been previously unknow to me, because he started saying that this "atmospheric flip" would bring us some temperatures colder than we have had in a long time. WooooHoooo, sounds good. Then I notice he has a big smile on his face and is saying that it could even bring us some ........but he doesn't say the "S" word. He hesitates (I'm holding my breath), his smile gets bigger (I'm about to pass out standing there) and says "lets call it really cold rain for now".
I don't think we have had ice or snow this time of year since the freak ice storm on Thanksgiving day 1993.

All too well, I know that those forecasts can and more often than not, do change as the date of the predicted event gets closer. I have had the "weather rug" pulled out from under me hundreds of times. But that doesn't mean I can stop myself from getting a little excited about the prospect. After all, so far this fall we have had more cool weather than we have in a few years....and.....there was that ice storm in early December 1983 we had 10 days with temps never going above freezing and snow on the ground for all of those the early 1980's we had snow flurries on Christmas Day. So see there is proof that hell has frozen over in the past, so there is a chance it will again.

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glendann wrote on Sat Nov 18, 2006 3:26 pm:

I do dread something like that .I know we need it but I just don't like cold and I do'nt even know how to drive in the S word.I have to do all the faucets to keep them safe .I hope you get it but this for south of you maybe we wont.

pondlady wrote on Sat Nov 18, 2006 3:43 pm:

We had snow in 1972, in 1989 and two years ago on Christmas day. I grew up in it tho, and don't miss living 9 months of the year in it.


eileen wrote on Sat Nov 18, 2006 3:52 pm:

I still live in hope of a white Christmas here. We do have snow but it just never seems to fall, or lie, on Christmas day. So fingers crossed Toni that we both get what we want from the weather.


Gardenstew wrote on Sat Nov 18, 2006 4:25 pm:

I think that is the way the weather systems are going nowadays Toni, causing extremes. You had prolonged rainless periods in the Summer. It would therefore not be strange to get some of the "S" soon.

All I can say is enjoy it!


Polly wrote on Sat Nov 18, 2006 5:53 pm:

There is no doubt we will get the "S" word here in Michigan - we just never know when it will start and then pray that it knows enough to stop.


CritterPainter wrote on Sun Nov 19, 2006 12:20 am:

One magic year, it started "S"-ing here as we drove home with our Christmas tree. But it looks like just mild and wet in these parts. Too bad, a good freeze to knock down the hibernating yellowjackets wouldn't break my heart one bit!

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