It’s been one crazy winter! I don’t remember much snow in November or December, but so far in 2014 we’ve had over 50 inches of snow! Most of that in a month and a half. Now, I love snow. Usually. But I think I’m suffering from snow fatigue. Is there such a word? If not, then I just made it up. And it should exist because I think most of the US is feeling it.
I’ve only been living in the US for nine years. I’m an Englsihman born and raised. I moved to the US in February 2005. Staten Island, to be precise. Ironically I landed at JFK airport right in the middle of a snowstorm, where we got anything from 8 inches to a foot! Welcome to America! Of course, I loved it. We don’t see snow like that in England. Oh it snows, but over there if you get four or five inches that’s a lot. Maybe in northern England it snows more, but not in the south, which is where I’m from. Since that day I’ve seen 2 foot snowstorms. A few years ago we had two 17 inch snowstorms sandwich a 3 inch storm all in the same month. But somehow this year beats them all. Maybe it’s partly the cold. January in particular was a bitter month where our temp got down to single digits several times. Now I’m going to be yelled at by people who’ve experienced frequent below zero temps. Yes, I’m aware it can and does get colder in other parts of the US. But five degrees is plenty cold enough for me thank you very much.
So, since I lived here, we’ve been snowed in twice. The first time was, I believe, in 2010. The infamous boxing day blizzard. Our storm door opens outwards and the snow was piled up so high against the door, I couldn’t push it open. Luckily I was able to open the storm window and reach out to use the shovel to clear the snow away. And this past week we’ve been housebound as the snow has piled up so much around our driveway we literally couldn’t get the car out. I had to go out twice and hack away at ice as solid as granite before I could clear enough away that we could manouevre the car out. The temp is currently 45 degrees and we’re meant to get up to 50. Wey hey break out the shorts and t shirts! It’s going to feel like summer! We’re currently waiting for a front to bring thundery downpours. It’s knocking on our door as I type.
Sadly, the mild air is not going to last. Dhe dreaded Polar Vortex, the phrase that became so infamous in January, is set to return for the start of next week, bringing with it at least two weeks of cold and multiple snow chances.
That snow fatigue is going to turn into snow exhaustion before Old Man Winter is done grumping at us. I don’t know who’s upset him this year but whoever it is, could you please apologise already? Spring cannot come soon enough.
On the brighter side, the cold and snow gives me an excellent excuse to sit and listen to more classical music. Yes, I had to mention it again. In fact I think it’s going to come up in almost all my blogs from now on. What started as a simple curiousity has become a full blown obsession. I bought mt first classical music cd the other day. A best of Beethoven 3 cd box set. I’ve listened to it twice already. I might make it a third time later.
And as I type, there goes the first rumble of thunder. See that? With me you get not only a blog, but a weather report too!