Fickle Mother Nature was at it again today. Yesterday's lovely blue skies were replaced by gray skies that wept off and on most of the day leaving us all shivering in the cold. And she's not finished yet, by all accounts. We could get temperatures in the twenties for the next few nights. I hope the cold weather doesn't kill off all the lovely rosebuds.
As cold and unpleasant as the weather was today, Mother Nature didn't pull the same nasty trick she pulled in 1993 when the 13th of March saw us buried under snow. It's rare for the entire state of Alabama to be covered in snow, but all sixty-seven counties reported snowfall. Here in the Birmingham area the official measurement was thirteen inches but high winds caused five foot drifts in some areas of the city. I know some people love snow, but I'm not one of them. It's nice to look at but very hazardous to drive in, especially when it's such a rare occurrence that nobody seems quite sure how to drive in it, and we invariably lose power as trees and limbs fall, taking power lines down with them.
It looks as though the Northeast will be hit by a huge blizzard in the next day or so. I hope it doesn't cause too much damage, that all those who need shelter are able to find it, that everyone stays warm and safe and that neighbors keep an eye out for each other. And I hope that that spring will soon arrive and chase winter weather away once and for all this year.
The pic on the left is one I took yesterday. The one on the right was taken this morning. The sky was so gray that the pic looks as though it was taken in black and white rather than color.