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Southern winter weather no joke this year


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  • Southern winters usually provide serenely mild days checked with a few Northern blasts, just enough to remind us we don’t have as much natural antifreeze flowing in our collective bloodstream as our Northern brothers and sisters.

I’m reminded, though, that tables turn. I can recount several times I’ve been around good Northern folks traipsing flush-faced through peanut or cotton fields on Southern farm tours in July. Several looking like they were about ready to cross the River Jordan.

“Is it always this hot and muggy?” one asks.

“No, it’s only 9 in the morning,” I say. “You want muggy hot, wait until after lunch. We just getting started here.”

“I think I’m going back to the bus and sit for a minute. See if we can get the air conditioning going,” another good Northerner says, with a dazed look.

“Yeah, I think you better. Need some help.”

Is the winter chill gone? No.

Stormy weather over? No, for sure. We haven’t even hit the heart of tornado season, yet, and that’s just around the corner in March and April. If Mother Nature’s schizophrenic attitude so far this year is anyway to gauge her next act, tornado season promises to be special. Let’s hope not, though.

By the way, the Farmers’ Almanac is a pretty good predictor of weather. Its forecasts are as good as any, maybe better than some. Here’s the Farmers’ Almanac Southeast February 2014 forecast:

  • 12th-15th. Heavy precipitation Tennessee Valley east to Carolinas; showers elsewhere.
  • 16th-19th. Turning unseasonably cold; freezing temperatures to Florida.
  • 20th-23rd. Rain, then clearing, much colder. Freeze in Florida, then warming quickly.
  • 24th-28th. Showers initially, then turning dry, unseasonably cold. Another damaging freeze for Florida.

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