Here in Michigan we had a very mild fall and early winter. Temperatures in the mid 40’s and a very small amount of snow. It was wonderful. People did have trouble getting into the Christmas spirit. It was hard to get into the shopping mode with green grass and wearing spring jackets when under normal conditions it would have been cold and normally some light snow.
Now the holidays are over and we are ready to break out the flip flops and head to the beach, but Mother Nature played a trick on us — well, actually tossed reality back at us. It is now running 18 degrees, parts of the state are under heavy snow, and we have had to haul winter jackets and gloves out of the back of our closet.
Where is Spring? It is hiding down the hill and around the corner. It may peek at us now and then, just to remind us it does still exist, but is not going to spoil us and break out for at least another month or so. April snow storms in Michigan are not unusual.
Michigan takes a beating on its weather. A popular saying in our state is “If you don’t like the weather wait ten minutes, it will change.” This is very true. Michigan weather is unpredictable and because of that putting your faith in a weather report is suicidal. However there is one thing to be said for Michigan. We rarely have true natural disasters.
While Michigan is not completely immune, it does not normally have news breaking weather like so many states do. Tornadoes, forest fires, hurricanes, mud slides, floods, earthquakes, and massive life-stopping snow storms are not the norm. What temperamental weather we get can generally be dealt with and resolved within a day or two.
So, as much as I would love the warm sunshine of a hot summer day, I know that is still in the distant future. For now I will trudge through the skiff of snow, scrap the frost off my windshield, and drive with my car set to defrost more often than heat. Yep, it all sounds good, but I do have one final question….Where is Spring?