Sweet Pea’s Side Dish: Winter 2014
Polar Vortex. Thundersnow. Snow rollers. Ice. Sleet. Heavy Snowfall. I’m over it! Can someone please make it stop snowing already? I’m ready to go somewhere where I need sunglasses and sunscreen. Somewhere with sand. Or a pool. Who’s with me?
I’ve always hated winter, but this year has really hit me hard. I always enjoy snow on Christmas and through my birthday (January 1). For that one week a year I’m mesmerized by the snow. The majestic and unusually quiet snow covered winter wonderland. The roaring fireplace. Curling up under a cozy blanket. I love it-but only for that one week. Then it’s time to go! Pack your bags winter, you are no longer welcome here. I’m sick of waking up to temperatures like this…
As of Friday, February 14, there was snow present in 49 of 50 states. Florida was the only state without snow on the ground. That’s all the convincing I need to become a snowbird for life! South Florida, here we come!
Anchorage, Alaska, which has one of the nation’s highest average snowfall totals of any city, has only recorded 45.3 inches of snow this season (as of 02/17/14). You know how much snow Peoria has received this season so far? 48.9 inches! 48.9 inches people! That makes this year the 2nd snowiest year in Peoria’s history. The record is 52.5″ set back in 2010-11. We have actually had more snow in Peoria, Illinois than Anchorage, Alaska. That’s just not right! As if the snow amount wasn’t enough to make me want to hibernate for the rest of the season, so far this winter is the 7th coldest on record for us. Since January 1, we have had 19 days at or below 0 degrees! Ugh!
But just when I think there is no end in sight, I realize that there’s only 29 days left until spring. I’ve never been more ready. We’re cold. We’re miserable. We’re ready for some warm weather!
How’s the weather been in your part of the world? Are you struggling through the Polar Vortex and never-ending snow too?