Woke up this morning to a coating of snow on the alley outside my window. Do you believe this? Once more Mother Nature dealt the Pittsburgh area along with other eastern states a hearty laugh as she sent snow into our valley after bouts of warmer weather and our preview of the beauty that God has in abundance.
A few years back I showed you pictures of the gorgeous dogwood trees and azaleas in our neighborhood in abundance. My neighbors yard is alive with crocus that are all under a layer of wet snow. Actually, crocus normally flower in early Spring so this is not a phenomena. It's just a strange site to see flowers peeking through snow.
The main concern I have is that a recent backlash from Mother Nature is not coming in from the Southwest and is heading into our area from South to North and Westerly. This equates to Northeastern, which when this type storm is rain, it is a storm of some magnitude and one to be ready for rather than just let it happen. This morning's snow came out of the north and it is wet and is coating some of the streets which I didn't expect. I was expecting just a layer on the grassy areas.
In 1963, I experienced my first Northeastern when I was supposedly vacationing at Virginia Beach in September. We were traveling South and enjoying the shops and sights at Williamsburg when the rains started. By the time, we got back into our car we were wet through and traveled the last leg of our trip to Virginia Beach in teaming rain. Dry once again, it only took getting out of the car and into the motel office to get drenched once more. We arrived on Sunday and were planning to stay until Saturday, but there was not a break in the weather the whole first part of the week. The rains just kept coming. Needless to say, our vacation was ruined and we left for home days in advance.
A cold and blustery wind came out of the North and the winds kicked up to over 35 miles per hour on Wednesday sending trash barrels careening out of place because they were recently emptied.
So! Batten down the hatches and don't put those coats back in storage because you are going to need them for a while longer. Punxsutawney Phil was sure right this time we are not getting Spring any time soon.