This winter has just been weird. The weather, despite the weather prognosticators claiming a milder winter back in fall, has been colder than usual. Today’s snowfall just makes it seems like a second white Christmas here in Tennessee. Now before those of you north of here disparage what I’m saying keep in mind that Tennessee normally only receives 1-2 decent snowfalls and by decent I’m talking more than 1-2 inches. Rarely do we receive repeated and significant snow events, otherwise our Department of Transportation would not be running out of road salt. In the nearly 21 years I’ve lived here I remember two very large snowfalls: one in March of 1993 (Johnson City, TN) and the other in the winter of 1995-1996 (Cookeville, TN) and those were big ones (2 feet in ’93). It’s been crazy, the snow is nice, but I think I speak for most (adults – kids seems to be enjoying getting out of school so much) that we’re ready to move on! The schools usually let out 2-4 days of school each year and this year my daughter’s school system will have been out for 9 after tomorrow. Next week good weather will arrive and maybe the groundhog prognosticator will turn out to have a better grasp on the climate than those well educated weather folks who were thinking milder thoughts.* Although historically our biggest snowfalls happen in March…we could be in for it!
One thing is for sure…the white snow allows for some very nice pictures.
|My blue Garden Shed in the snow with cardinal watching over the feeders.|
|A Towhee flitting about a potted ornamental peach tree.|
|There’s food around here somewhere – he’s sure of it!|
|“Is this really more snow?” says the white-throated sparrow.|
|“Yep, sure is. When is spring supposed to be here again?”|
The pictures were taken about 15 minutes after the snow started here. It piled up fast but seems to be over for now with about 2 inches. I remember snowfalls in Pennsylvania that were much greater when I was a kid but it’s not about how much snow per se, it’s about how much snow we’re supposed to have. And I think we’ve surpassed our quota…just a little…
* I appreciate the hard work that goes into such an unpredictable field of expertise. The miscalculation of the “mild” winter just shows how hard it really is to predict the weather!