April 18, 2004

Weather or not...

I like the weather here in Buffalo. We actually get Weather, not just climate.

You’re probably wondering just what on earth I’m talking about. Let me ‘splain.

In some parts of the country, your weather is really just climate. It is always the same, day after day, with only small, subtle differences at different times of the year. These places don’t even have seasons, unless you count tourist season. Take Florida for example; you have hot/hot, then hot/humid, then hot/wet. I know that people who live there probably don’t consider highs in only the 80s to be hot, but let’s face it, the rest of the country is in shorts when they are wearing parkas.

But Buffalo, on the other hand, has Weather. That’s right, with a capital ‘W.’ And we have seasons too. Sometimes all four in one week. I’m serious. Just two weeks ago, we went from 70 deg. weather on Monday to 6” of snow, and temps in the 20s on Thursday. With rain on the days in between.

But what got me on this little weather rant was our first thunderstorm of the season. To me, that was the real indication that it was finally spring. I don’t go by the calendar (sometimes spring is early or late), and the groundhog is usually wrong (Come on, he’s only right about 45% of the time. Shouldn’t the whole thing about his shadow be reversed? It would actually be more accurate.) But I digress…

However, the first thunderstorm really means that the seasons have changed. And a good thunderstorm doesn’t even last that long around here. Today’s storm rolled in about 11:30 and was gone by 12:30. The sun is starting to come out and the temperature is already heading up to the forecast high of 70.

I can see trees starting to bud and the grass looks like it will need mowing soon. It looks like a good day.

Posted by GEBIV at April 18, 2004 12:55 PM
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