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.
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"