The photo immediately above is out my office window. If conditions were normal, I would be able to see the Time Warner towers shown, at night, in the header photo.
The Weather Channel forecast for New York City for today looks like this (I am not making this up):
11 am 57 & Rain until 2:00
2 pm Wind Advisory in effect until tomorrow
Sustained winds 20-25 mph; gusts to 50 (50 mph!)
6 pm Full sun
Tomorrow Full sun
Friday 60 & rain
Saturday 40 & SNOW (yes, 40 & snow at same time)
Sunday 44 Party sunny (partly cloudy if you prefer)
Monday 43 & cloudy
Tuesday 46 & rain
Wednesday 49 & partly cloudy/sunny
Thursday 53 & partly cloudy/sunny — if you believe in miracles
Can this be normal? It’s April 4. Can humans survive in such conditions? Apparently, they do.
Now, in fairness, these bizarro weather patterns are not unlike those in Northern Virginia from which we moved a few months ago. My former regular tennis partner and I always used to say that spring officially began on April 1 and we usually played that day each year. But it was no uncommon to see snow during the match. Conversely, we often were able to play on New Year’s Day because the temperatures were so warm. Ah, those were the days! And the current Weather Channel forecast for Alexandria over the next week shows two high wind days, TWO SNOW DAYS and daytime highs ranging from 67 to 42. How is this possible?
Anyway, the fog is beginning to clear and the Time Warner towers appear through the gloom like two monuments left by aliens. If you believe in that sort of thing. If you do, it’s probably ok in light of some of the truly weird stuff people believe is true these days. But I won’t go there. This blog is not political.
I am beginning to believe that the “snowbirds,” who live in the deep south during the winter and move north during the summer, are on to something. The expense and logistics of that are, however, too intimidating for someone who hates to move. I am exhausted just thinking about it. So, I won’t.