If you strenuously disapprove of winter and curse the heavens whenever it sleets, then you’ve probably had enough of the cold weather by the time the famous little rat in Punxa-whatever-the-hell-it-is, Pa. comes out of his hole and sees (or doesn’t see) his shadow.
Of course, we’d have a winter to match the economy. Hey what happens when Tim Geithner sees his tax form? Answer: Six more years of recession.
I’ve even advocated the abolishment of the month of February…it’s a short, meaningless month and an insult to our intelligence.
But here’s the good news. We’re past January which means we’re turning the corner on the dark season of ice and crud. I think I even heard the call of a spring bird today, though it was probably just my imagination.
But we are seeing more sunlight, one of the few good things that can be said about February.
Jerome Thaler, a Yorktown man who keeps meticulous records on Westchester’s temperature, snowfall and precipitation, gives a wonderful summary of what to expect in the way of weather for each month of the year in his book, “Weather History and Climate Guide to the Lower Hudson Valley.” Every month is unique.
I keep a copy of Thaler’s book in my office at The Journal News. It’s the bible of local weather. No kidding.
Here’s the first paragraph from his chapter on February:
“With the arrival of February, one can sense the greater amount of daily light and see the more northerly position of the sunset on the horizon. Sunrise is more than half an hour earlier and sunset one half hour later than in early January. This extra hour of daylight is however, not enough to give us any sense of greater warmth.”
That’s true. It’s still too cold.
Thaler adds: “While the days have gradually become much longer, the bitterness of winer with its attendant ice and snow is still the same.”