Carolyn’s Online Magazine
The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them…
A while back I was talking with a friend about the New England winter storms.
“I’d love to be there,” I said.
“So would I,” she responded.
As you can guess, we are both New Englanders.
- I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again. ― Lewis Carroll, Alices Adventures in Wonderland
- Let us…turn to the fine weather we are basking in. We have had one of our tropical winters. Once only a snow of 3. inches deep, which went off the next day, and never as much ice as would have cooled a bottle of wine. And we have now but a month to go through of winter weather. For February always gives us a good sample of the spring of which it is the harbinger.
Has the 2015 February given us a good example of the spring?
Here in Southwestern Pennsylvania (including Pittsburgh) the weather has been cold, but we didn’t get the record snowfalls.
The following is an excerpt from past journal pages:
- Today, March 3, (1997), is rainy with sleet in it, and the threat of snow.But it is warming up and I passed a garden of crocus splashing the lawn of one house with shades of lavender to purple. I took a photo on the end of news film…
Some of my journaling is photographic. Below is a record from February 28, 2010:
- The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size. — Gertrude S. Wister
- Every gardener knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle … a seed waiting to sprout, a bulb opening to the light, a bud straining to unfurl. And the anticipation nurtures our dream. — Barbara Winkler
Winter at my Ligonier Valley, Pennsylvania, home has been at times quite cold, with bitter wind chill effect. It hasn’t bothered me, but then I didn’t have to travel in it. I’m working in my toasty home.
However, that the 2015 weather has been a record breaker is now official.
Hardy souls who shivered and shoveled their way through February in the Northeast now have evidence of just how brutal the weather was, with record cold in at least eight cities and record snowfall in Boston.
“We’re the standout globally,” said Art DeGaetano, director of the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University. “It’s colder in Siberia, but we’re the farthest below normal.”*
Before I continue with New England, I want to note the February weather in Buffalo, New York, where I have family and friends, and where the winter started out with almost 80 inches of snow in a couple of days in November. Remember the storm named Knife? Back to February.
- February is merely as long as is needed to pass the time until March. —Dr. J. R. Stockton
Average—recordbreaking—temperatures for a few select locations:
- The average temperature was 10.9 degrees in Buffalo, beating the 1934 record of 11.4. The normal average temperature for February in Buffalo is 26.3.*
Back to New England, to cities I have a special interest in:
- Portland, Maine, at 13.8, more than 11 degrees below normal
- Caribou, Maine’s average February temperature of 2.5 degrees was a record low
- Boston’s 64.8 inches of snow easily beat the city’s old record of 41.6 inches. If the city gets 5.6 more inches before the end of May, it’ll be the snowiest winter on record…Through Feb. 26, Boston had 102 inches of snow. Normal is 34 inches.
- Providence, R.I., had a February record 31.8 inches of snow, bringing the season’s total to nearly 60 inches, twice the normal amount.
Total snowfall for the season is way above normal across the Northeast, according to the National Weather Service. As of Feb. 26, Worcester, Mass., had 108.6 inches, compared with a normal snowfall of 49.9 inches.*
February is now history. March is here. And after February’s insanity comes March madness, an expression, “March Madness” was first used in 1939 by Henry V. Porter, a high school basketball coach in Illinois. The term was used to describe the excitement about the Illinois state tournament for boy’s basketball.
Below are a few quotes to start off the month of March:
- March is the month that God designed to show those who don’t drink what a hangover is like. —Garrison
- Our life is March weather, savage and serene in one hour. —Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Daffodils that come before the swallow dares, and takes the winds of March with beauty. —William Shakespeare
- March is a month of considerable frustration – it is so near spring and yet across a great deal of the country the weather is still so violent and changeable that outdoor activity in our yards seems light years away. —Thalassa Cruso
- Despite March’s windy reputation, winter isn’t really blown away: it is washed away. It flows down all the hills, goes swirling down the valleys and spills out to sea. Like so many of this earth’s elements, winter itself is soluble in water. —Anonymous
- March winds and April showers, Bring forth May flowers. —Anonymous
- March comes in with an adder’s head, and goes out with a peacock’s tail. —Richard Lawson Gales Ah, March! we know thou art Kind-hearted, spite of ugly looks and threats, And, out of sight, art nursing April’s violets! —Helen Hunt Jackson)