We had snow in Chicago this past weekend, followed by temperatures in the single digits. This puts me in mind of how rude it is for guests to arrive excessively early, as when January decides to show up in November.
The question is, what does this portend for the rest of winter. According to the Weather Channel’s Winter 2019-2020 Outlook just released today, it portends lousy. My part of the country is supposed to have a normally cold December, or something close to it. But January and February are supposed to be in definite “Colder Than Average” country.
This isn’t true for everywhere in the country, so you might want to check out the Outlook yourself. Here’s a link.
Of course, Colder Than Average can mean a lot of things, so it might not be so bad. Or it might be.
November’s sudden attack of cold and snow did a number on many plants that had been holding onto their leaves. Suddenly they went from green to freeze-dried. It was all very abrupt.
It’s unwise to spend a lot of time worrying about something you can’t control, but who said I was wise? I can look on the bright side, though: with the ground frozen, the damn rodents can’t dig up my bulbs.