by Scott Westgard
“The ol’ one-two”- a boxing term where a left-hand jab is immediately followed by a right-hand cross-punch to the head with devastating results.
Some may think this an odd reference to begin an editor’s letter, but after enduring our recent winter, I feel most of us can relate.
The problem was we got the ol’ one-two ploy several times in succession, and came out a little punch drunk while hanging on the ropes. Snow-cold-snow-cold-snow-cold and not necessarily in that order.
The only worse scenario would be to have this winter followed by a summer without a summer. That would be the ultimate one-two! But no winter lasts forever and no spring skips its turn.
Although, there was a year recorded without a summer. It was in 1816. During the prior year, on the remote island of Sumbawa, in the Indian Ocean, the 14,000-foot Tambora volcano erupted, blowing off 4,000 feet of its peak. The huge amount of dust generated from the blast rose into the upper atmosphere, blanketing the entire globe and filtering out sunlight.
Thankfully, I haven’t heard of any volcanic eruptions from last year that equaled the magnitude of old Mt. Tambora, so I think we’ll be spared this time around.
But now that spring has arrived, I’ll retire my thoughts of the past winter and the probabilities for what might or might not happen on the road to summer.
With the extra sunlight and its bone-thawing effect in full swing, I’m content to let it go, welcome back the song birds, and periodically check the ice melt on Lake Michigan to make sure the season is progressing as expected.
Jim & Mindy Elgas
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