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    Weather Or Not…It’s Written on the Garage Door

    I’m writing this to you on April 19th, the day after the ice finally left our lake. I spent the day today sunbathing as it was in the upper 70’s all day. According to the weatherman, we missed the all-time high of 92F from 1976 by one degree in Albany. He also said the last time it was this warm was July 4th of 2003. I hope this means that warm days are going to keep coming, but as I said, the ice just left the lake.

    Our neighbor, John, has been keeping track of when the ice left the lake for the past 50 years. He writes it on his garage door like he’s keeping score. According to John, this is about the same time of year the ice always leaves. In April, that is. The warmer temperatures have done wonders for my sun tan as well as my attitude. That and the fact that it’s been sunny.

    Have you ever heard that most people are in better moods when the weather is great? I’ve seen some of the worst attitudes in the dead of winter, so there may be something to it.

    This year is one of the first years in a long time that I didn’t break up the winter with my annual trip to Florida. That made the winter seem even longer to me. When I went to physical therapy today, my physical therapist, Robin, was surprised I wasn’t wearing my bathing suit under my clothes. That’s something I often do in the summer. I told her, I didn’t think it would be warm enough. After all, the weatherman said it might reach 80 in Albany today, when it actually surpassed 90. Since we’re at least 10 degrees cooler here in the Adirondack Mountains, well, you do the math.

    And there I go, listening to the weatherman again. When will I ever learn? A guy from the National Weather Service once said that the odds of predicting rain in any one spot at any particular time are only 51%. That’s even with all the computer models and expensive weather equipment they have these days. Not very good odds.

    I’d rather get the weather forecast by looking out the window. These meteorologists are playing a guessing game, as far as I can tell. And when they’re wrong, it can ruin your whole day.

    As much as I say, I don’t believe in them, I find myself watching the weather reports with avid interest! I mean, the truth is, you want to believe these guys. But you can’t. I think we’d do better by consulting John and his garage door.


    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"