December 21st came and went and the world continued on. All the media attention about the end of the Mayan calendar was unfounded, just as most of us supposed. The best thing about December 21st is it is the shortest day of daylight hours, meaning from here days get longer! It is also the winter equinox in our hemisphere. For almost two months now, I've been calling the season of fall "winter" because we received snow shortly before Halloween and it has stayed. It will be with us for what seems like an extraordinarily long period of time...well into April, likely even May.
We do have four seasons, really, but three of them seem incredibly short in comparison to the duration that winter-like conditions linger here. All the more grateful I am to see the first buds of spring, the first robin, and the green grass.
In the meantime, here is a glimpse of our forecast. Perhaps you will feel sorry for me or just grateful that you live where you do. In either case, a brief hello from you will certainly provide a cheery note to an otherwise cold and grey winter day.