The Farmer’s Almanac and the Weather

I don’t often put my trust in the men and women who predict or forecast the weather, especially winter storms. In years past, the Farmer’s Almanac was usually pretty darn accurate. So when I heard that they were calling for colder and snowier weather for my area of the country this winter, I was pretty happy. (We haven’t seen much snow for the past few winters).

Since mid-November we have gotten a few storms, but they were nothing to sneeze at. An inch or two, a dusting…

“COME ON!! WHERE’S THE SNOW?!?!”, I thought.

Several winter storms later, some that never even reached the East Coast, here comes Winter Storm Iola. They started saying there’s a HUGE Nor’easter on the way with the potential of upwards of 8″ of the fluffy white stuff. We were ecstatic!

“YES! We’re finally going to get some snow!!”

For the last 3 or 4 days we’ve kept our eyes on The Weather Channel–still calling for loads of snow. We’ve also been keeping an eye on our weather app: Accuweather. According to the app it has flip-flopped from 1-3 inches to 4-8 inches. Then earlier this morning it said 1 to 3 inches possible with a trace of ice accumulating.

SAY WHAT?!?! Are you KIDDING me?!

This is EXACTLY why I don’t put my full trust in meteorologists or Punxsutawney Phil.

I do enjoy some shows and a few personalities that work at The Weather Channel, but I have always said, “They’re from Georgia. They couldn’t forecast themselves out of a wet paper bag.”

Baby it’s COLD outside!

We just came through a nice winter storm a few nights ago (Winter Storm Hercules) here in New Jersey. We ended up with somewhere between 4 to 8″ of fresh powder–literally. It was so light and fluffy you couldn’t make a snowball, it just wouldn’t stick. And now we’re looking at the possibility of another  snowfall with Winter Storm Ion. I am not complaining by any means. I don’t have to shovel or plow it.

 I try to look at it the way my children do. It’s FUN! And it is beautiful in the right setting. I love to see the look on their faces as it’s snowing. They so want to be able to play in it and build a snowman. And I can’t blame them. For the last few winters we’ve barely had any snow at all. Certainly I would love to have the entire family go out and play in it. I could tackle hubby and give him a white wash. (whitewash – to shove snow in the face of another). Of course he would return the favor in some form. (more than likely getting snow down my back).

-lifting her mug of hot chocolate-  So here’s to winter! Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

For my neighbors to the north, I do honestly sympathize with you and pray for your safety with all the snow up there. Stay warm & be safe.