Wednesday, March 20, 2013

First Day of Spring 2013

Today's Kalamazoo Gazette reminds us of the crazy weather we had last year at this time:
The 'heat wave' of spring 2012 started on March 14, with a high of 79 degrees, followed by eight more days of record highs - 76, 79, 77, 76, 81, 85, 87 (the hottest day on record in March) and 84.

The average high temperature during that stretch was 80 degrees, more typical of a July in Southwest Michigan... The normal high temperature for that period in March is 46 degrees.
Many locals enjoyed that warm respite, but the unseasonable temperatures caused fruit trees to bud early. This led to disaster when April freezes came, "wiping out Michigan apples, cherries, peaches and plums for the entire season."

With that in mind, I am delighted to report that when I walked Bonnie today, the temperature was a very non-balmy 25 degrees, with a wind chill of 8. We ventured into the snow-filled woods by Friendship Village (we got several inches of snow yesterday):

By the time we were headed home, snow was again falling and blowing wildly (although this picture doesn't capture it very well):

That's more like it, Michigan!

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