We have had a fairly mild winter here in N.W. Iowa, but today it is proving to be much more like winter. We started out with really cold temps in the low single digits and around 11:00 am the snow was lightly starting to fall here. At 1:30 pm the snowflakes had grown in size and the wind had come up. I saw our mailman arrive and so I got myself bundled up and walked out to the mailbox. I had to walk into the wind and snow. I went and started my car in the garage and let it run for 15 minutes until it was warmed up. It was only a high yesterday of lower single digits and so I wanted to make sure when I need it in a couple of days it will start for me. When I walked back to the house from the garage it had snowed in my foot prints. It is really blowing hard now and the snow is mounting. I took some photos of my view out my office window and have included them here. It is difficult to see the flying snow, but it is bad enough we cannot see the neighbors that live half a mile from us here.
I helped my sister out at her store today and when I left the house it was a balmy 65 degrees and some of the customers who were shopping stated it had gotten up near 70 degrees. But about late afternoon it started to become overcast and started to cool down quickly. The biggest complaint from everyone today was the wind though – we had gusts up near 50 MPH and it was unrelenting. Driving to town this morning was not too bad, but it had become stronger when I drive home making it difficult to keep the vehicle on the road. One gal said she got home from work and their flag pole was broken in half from the strong winds. She was thankful she had not put out her bird feeders, as she figured they might be into the next county by now.
With the wind today a lot of people were crabby. I know the weather has a lot to do with it. It seems winter will be going right into summer with no spring to enjoy. Yesterday was a beautiful day near 70 degrees, but once again the wind was very strong and it was difficult to stay out for long to enjoy the lovely temps.
We are going to get some much needed rain this week it sounds like, but it is to be breezy all week long with no end to that for now. This winter I could count on my fingers the days we had no wind, so is it any wonder why people are crabby when the wind blows this hard. Most of our winter has been raw, strong windy days. It was first thought that we would have milder temps this week with just rain showers, but tonight they are predicting the temps are to drop further, there is a wind chill now of the teens, we are to have snow by Friday and it could be the accumulating kind.
I am headed back into town to attend my nieces music concert tonight and I certainly hope I make it home with no mishaps or wind issues. I always worry about passing semi’s when the wind is this bad – if they have an empty load, I have seen where the winds can topple them on their side and the wind today could do that.
Spring might officially be here on the calendar, but Mother Nature is not done with the snowy, cold, blustery weather yet, despite my attempts at pleading with God for some spring-like days. I keep telling myself…this too shall pass.
We had 3 beautiful days of 40-50 degree weather the first part of this week. Yesterday especially was simply wonderful and encouraging!
We have had such bitter cold weather here in Iowa this winter – usually we have lots of snow to go with that, but this year in N.W. Iowa we have had little snow. Other places in Iowa have been hit worse with snow. The wind has been a factor all except for about 4 days this whole winter and today is no exception. When I awoke this morning we were starting to get some sleet and now it has turned over to snow and the wind has picked up some now. I just canceled two appointments I had 30 miles from home and am thinking of curling up with a good book or watching a good movie!
The older I get the less I enjoy winter and would rather not be out driving in it or having to deal with the slushy mess. I envy bears who hibernate the majority of winter in their dens. I have always envisioned what that would be like and then having supplies dropped to me from a helicopter and only having to get out to retrieve them into my warm home – hey a woman can dream!
I truly feel for the people living on the East coast and down South this year, they have definitely been receiving record amounts of snow and nasty weather conditions. I know in past years here in Iowa we have had large amounts of snowfall and icy conditions to the point you wonder if it will ever stop and give you a break, as I am sure they are wondering. I am praying for all those who are enduring these types of conditions this year!
I long for Spring every winter and it does not get here fast enough for me – nothing like wishing one’s life away! Spring is my favorite season and it is invigorating with the return of warmer temps, green grass, blooming trees and flowers, and the birds singing – the lovely sights and sounds of the season!! I have an extra bounce to my step and love that I can shed the winter layers.
I wrote a poem a few years ago and thought since Spring is right around the corner that I would share it today.
A New Beginning
As winter departs its seasonal scene,
Springtime is dawning a fresh new start
As it enters on a robin’s wings
It seems to bring joy to every heart.
With raindrops falling softly,
On the gardens, fields, and grass
New growth brings quickly
Fresh green seedlings ‘alas.
For all of nature is bursting with zest –
What a beautiful new beginning
As the flowers and plants put forth their best,
A choir of birds can be heard singing.
For God above has promised all,
New Life He will give –
To nature and to those He’s called,
A vibrant new life to live! ©
Copyright 1986 – Lori Lochner