On February 22, 2017, when the normal average temperature in Northeast Wisconsin is about 29 degrees Farenheit (-1.67 C), the thermometer was reading about 62.
During lunch time, I went for a walk on the trail and then sat on this bench for about 10 minutes, soaking up the sun and warmth, before heading back to the office. This was glorious, but also the last day of what was a weirdly wonderful stretch of spring-like weather.
Thursday was cooler, in the 40’s, and then this…
This past Friday, in the early morning hours, I woke to thunder snow and lightning, which turned to freezing ice pellets banging on the window. It was cool to listen to from the inside and would have been a good day to stay indoors.
But, no. I was a good soldier. The neighbor, who is an excellent and good-hearted neighbor, scraped the ice and snow from my car. Thanks Brian! Friday was a day of ice, of scraping it off car windows and hearing slippery road reports and news of many accidents. Thankfully, I don’t have to drive the highway to work and made it there without incident.
Let’s get back to the nicely weird February weather…
It started around February 17th and Mother Nature provided a glorious weekend to be outside (old man Winter was napping). Sunny, blue skies, highs in the upper 50’s. What more could one ask for in a northern climate that usually doesn’t share this kind of warmth in February? We broke a few records during the six-day stretch and people were out in droves on the trails, either walking themselves or their dogs, trying out their new bikes, or watching children play in the park. Even though most of us knew the spring-like weather would eventually go away and hide for another month or two, it was a just reward and much-needed break from snow and cold. It’s usually the month of February that brings cabin fever to the north rather than spring fever.
I took advantage and went on lunch-time walks almost every day of the week and Sunday.
The photos in the gallery were taken at Fritse Park, which is a stone’s throw from my office. I stopped there last Sunday afternoon, on my way home from a visit with mom. It was a great day to smell mud, lake water and the promise of spring. The weird can come back any time.
How has your weather been? Unseasonable warm? Colder than cold? Or just right?