Posted by: Calmseas (Mike) | April 6, 2009

The Storm That Wasn’t

All signs pointed toward one of those early spring “winter” storms. The weatherpersons were all calling for six to twelve inches of snow to fall, covering a ground that has laid bare for several weeks now with a white blanket appropriate only (in this writer’s mind) for January or February.

It’s April! For crying-out-loud! We know that these late-season storms—or early-season storms, depending on how you are looking at things—are coming. They do every year. But somehow, when they actually arrive, we feel cheated. We feel abused, misused, and confused. How can it be? It’s not fair! We’ve already more than paid our winter dues.  Yet winter still demands more of us.

Most years, I will optimistically put away my snow blower on April 10; and most years, I could really use that mothballed snow blower at least one time later in the month. But this is Michigan: probably one of the only places in the world where you can run your furnace and your air conditioner both on the same day, all the while thinking that there is nothing weird about that.

In any case, I am glad that the weather-folks were wrong about this storm. Maybe I can still keep that April 10 appointment.



  1. Dan says to tell you that he likes your way of thinking. He decided to take the plow off the truck yesterday.

    We’re jinxed for sure. [sigh]

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