Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Winter's End

"This winter is almost over but before it ends there will be more snow and ice and northerly winds and many good commuters will lose hope and quit."-- Winter Bike Daddy Jones

"Just wait until tomorrow.  I guess that's what they all say right before they fall apart."--New Order Regret

40s, 50s and 60s in the forecast.  Just need to get through Thursday and Friday morning and hold the weather people accountable if they are wrong.  Just 2 more bitterly cold mornings.  2 more to go.  Thursday, tomorrow, it is called to be in single digits dipping below Zero before warming up into the 20s.  Friday morning it is slated to be in the low 20s.  And from then on below Zerex morning commutes are history for the Winter of 2014-15.  I can feel tears swelling in my eyes.  Another winter of commuting almost over.  2 more awful rides.

In Iowa we still live in the Ice Age.  It is reasonable to say that the winter last 6 months in our state.  Snow and ice and cold can exist from October through April.  It snowed in May last year,  Sure, it will warm up next week and the next but I know that the monster is not dead and that we could see a foot of snow in April.  But that will be gone in a few days.  I just need the below Zerex days to be over,

But here is the deal with Iowa and weather, just wait 5 minutes.  One day we could be running around half naked in  shorts and the next in full winter regalia.  There is no ease into season change, at least from summer to winter.  BOOM it's cold.  Nothing gradual. So two days before the warm up it will be 0F.

I always describe winter this late in the season as a monster or villain* from a film.  The hero kills him/it and then turns away to comfort the survivors and in the blurred background the villain gets up for one more attack.  One more go at making us miserable.  Tomorrow better be it.

*  I love this definition of villain "a cruelly malicious person who is involved in or devoted to wickedness or crime; scoundrel."  Perfect description of the never ending winter.

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