Ask Josh: Why I Love Winter

Meteorologist Josh Fitzpatrick tells you why he loves this season and wants to know what you think about winter.

Recently on air I mentioned how much I love the winter season and if I had the power to control the weather (which I don't) I'd have it snow all the time!

Right after that bold statement I got an e-mail from Donna in Paintsville, KY who said she hates winter and wishes it were spring year round and wanted to know why I love winter so much.

To be honest, I enjoy all the seasons.  But winter is by far my favorite.  I think that's true for most weather folks.  I think Chris, Tony and Marina would agree with me on that one.  The reason I love winter and it's my favorite season is because of snow!  I'm a huge snow lover!  Growing up in Southern Ohio I remember several big snow storms.  Many of you know by now, it was the great blizzard of 1993 that got me hooked on meteorology in the first place and is the reason I'm a meteorologist today.  For me, watching snow fall through the air is relaxing.  It's amazing how snow changes our environment.  For example, there's one snow event I remember as a kid in Gallia County where when I went to bed the ground was green, brown and just looked bare and plain.  By morning when I woke up I could tell something was different.  My room was very bright and no the sun wasn't out.  As I looked out the window, everything was covered in a thick blanket of white.  The trees were coated with heavy wet snow and silver dollar size snowflakes were falling fast.  Six inches fell overnight creating a winter wonder land.  The landscape was breathtaking!  There's nothing more beautiful this season than Pine tree's covered in snow.

The other reason why I love winter is it's a huge challenge to forecast during this time.  As we've seen this week, mother nature can throw everything at us.  Heavy snow, sleet, freezing rain, flooding and then back to snow again, all in a day!  Trying to forecast how much snow, ice, rain and when and where can be a nightmare.  But for me and most other meteorologists', it's why we do what we do.  It's all about the challenge and the excitement of winter weather forecasting.

Another reason: winter is fun!  That's if you don't have to drive in ice and go without electricity.  I do not like to see freezing rain and ice storms.  They're devastating and extremely dangerous.  That's the only part of winter I do not like.  Going back to the fun part, you can ski, snow board, tubing and go sledding!  Oh and not to forget, making snow angels.  Did you happen to see me make one live on TV. Tuesday morning?  It was the most fun I've had in the snow for awhile.  Just due to the fact we haven't had many 4"+ snows in the area in a long time.       

Ok, now you know a few reasons why I love winter.  It's your turn to tell me and everyone why you love or hate winter.  Start posting your comments below.  Thanks for sharing!

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