2012-01-26 / Editorial

Warm defines winter of 2012


Even the flowers are confused by the weather. These daffodils were found blooming on Tuesday at the BankNewport branch. 
PHOTO BY JEFF MCDONOUGH Even the flowers are confused by the weather. These daffodils were found blooming on Tuesday at the BankNewport branch. PHOTO BY JEFF MCDONOUGH This winter’s weather appears to be heading for the record books. On Saturday a winter storm dumped 6 to 8 inches of snow on the island. It was a good day to stay home and toast one’s toes by the fireplace.

On Sunday people were digging out and the kids were having fun with their sleds.

By Monday the temperature had soared to the upper 50s. The weather was sunny and spring-like. People were working outdoors in their shirtsleeves.

All of that snow that came on Saturday was just about gone by Wednesday. Just a few mounds of the dirty white remained.

Mother Nature has everyone confused. Flowers are sprouting and are starting to bloom. The trees are budding out. The birds and squirrels and rabbits are equally befuddled by the weather.

Some might say that this is the traditional January thaw, but then we’ve not really had much of a winter so far. One wonders what the month of February will bring weather-wise.

To date it has been one weird winter.

— Jeff McDonough

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