Friday, March 11, 2016

this weather, though

This whole winter was crazy mild for Northeast Ohio. The average highs are usually somewhere in the 20s or 30s from November through February and we get a LOT of lake effect snow--we're talking an average of 60.4 inches during the winter. This winter we had many days in the 40s and even quite a few in the 50s and 60s. I can really only recall a handful of times where it snowed enough to accumulate, but if I had to guess I'm thinking we only got a total of maybe 15-20 inches this year?

Suffice to say, El NiƱo has been kind to us.
The past few days the highs have been in the 60s and 70s. We have taken full advantage and spent an average of 3-4 hours outside each of these days. The kids are happy to be outside, we're happy to be outside, the entire neighborhood is happy to be outside. The daffodils, crocus, tulips (my favorite!) and hyacinths we planted in the fall are starting to sprout, singing birds greet you when you step outside and there is such a feeling of life, renewal and freshness everywhere. The big haze of winter is starting to lift and the promise of long days, bare feet and playing the sprinkler feels so close.
We have been so caught up in just enjoying the warmth and sunshine that I've barely taken any pictures. It was rainy yesterday so the majority of the day was spent inside, but who really cares that it was raining since it wasn't snowing? Not me. Jon has reminded me a few times that it will probably be a summer of record-setting heat, but that's far enough away that I brush the idea aside as I bask in the spring sunshine. Even though the 10-day forecast only shows the high falling below 50 (and it's 48, so it will be just fine) I find myself holding my breath that we won't get one of our notorious April snowstorms. In the meantime, if you need me, I'm probably outside.

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