Spring Fever Runs Rampant
If you are reading my blog from lands far away, you read it right. We are in the midst of a spell of remarkable warm spell.
The pansies are alive, crocus are sprouting, the kids are playing in shirt sleeves and local golf courses are packed. This Tuesday afternoon, temperatures are in record territory in the 70+ range.
Mike Bartholomew, of Premier Porofessionals, tells me his landscapping business is going high guns. "We are still cleaning leaves out of downspouts. The leaves stayed on the trees much later because of the warm fall. Then before we knew it, the holidays were here. This warm weather gives us a chance to play catch-up".
Thank the unseasonable warmth on a stout southerly wind that is blowing from the Gulf of Mexico into our region. Gusts have passed 35 miles per hour at times, making for an unusual early season brush fire threat.
Veteran District Foresters like Alan Sowards out of Milton are keeping a wary eye to those south facing slopes. “It won’t take much longer before the warm winds dry things out and become a problem. Any burning tonight should be done with care”.
Added Adam McQuire, out of Betsy Lane, “last week’s snow helped but it is drying up hour by hour. We had one small fire on Monday”.
Back to that Gulf wind, our heaviest rains come when Gulf moisture it slurped northward. This week, that Gulf air has spawned severe thunderstorms with hail and high winds and even twisters as far north as Wisconsin.
The front that spawned this severe weather will pass here before sunrise. As it does, we will experience a rush of wind (that will rattle the window panes) and quick gush of rain. I time this activity to cross the region between 2 and 6 AM.
Behind this storm line, the sun will be out on Wednesday with gusty breezes in the 10-20 mph range and daytime highs in the 50s. Not bad for January!