The weather has been so nice around these parts. January behaved very much like April, and we’ve been able to take advantage of the sunshine sans-jackets for several weeks. I don’t remember the last time we had such a pleasant January, but I must admit that makes me a teensy bit nervous about February. After all, it is still winter for another two months, and it’s only behaved as such for a few days! Observe:
January 6, 2017: We receive a light dusting of… well, technically, it’s ice. No snow for us! Tiny ice crystals finally began falling after dark (we’d been watching the clouds all day hoping for snow), and that’s all it takes to paralyze the northern half of Alabama. Southerners get made fun of a lot because of this, but the truth is that this happens so infrequently that most of us are ill-equipped to drive on wintry roads!
We bundle up as much as possible (it’s not enough, if you ask me…) and head outside to scamper around in the winter wonderland for a while. I don’t even own suitable snow-weather clothes, so I feel like every extremity is about to fall off. The cold is actually painful, so we head back inside before much time has passed. The kids grumble; they are impervious to the cold when there might be fun involved.
January 14, 2017: Only one week later, we are hiking through the woods at Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve. The hills are covered with other families hiking, many with dogs, and most are wearing warm-weather clothes. I even see a few people in shorts! I’m wearing jeans and a short-sleeve tee, and I kind of wish I was wearing shorts as well.
Welcome, my friends, to a typical Alabama winter! You never really know what to expect. The only thing that’s certain is that summer will be blazing hot and sticky humid…
What does January look like where you live?