Usually, when the calendar turns to February we are dreading the continuing days of a seemingly neverending winter. We look far ahead to the official start of spring and bundle up and tough it out.
That has been far from the case this year. This winter has been a breeze as far as Iowa winters go.
We didn't see a significant snowfall until mid-January and temperatures have been way above normal. It feels like we haven't even "earned" spring yet.
What a strange occurrence it was to hear that the bank sign down the road was flashing 60 degrees as the temperature Monday. That's Monday Jan. 30 if you are asking.
I gladly traded in my winter coat for my smaller coat over my lunch break Monday when I was home. I can't remember if I ever did that this time of the year in the past, but I'm guessing not. By the middle of the afternoon, I didn't even need the small coat either.
I'm well aware I may jinx us and we'll get a blizzard-a-day for the next two months and I'm not talking about something tasty from Dairy Queen. But we are so far ahead of the game now, it's nice to breathe and relax knowing winter has yet to drive us crazy this year.
Who would have thought that by this time of the year Marshalltown schools would only miss two hours due to winter weather?
And I've only had to break out the long underwear under my work pants a few times this winter. I know, not a vision you probably want to think about right now, or ever.
Another good thing is the snow actually melts after it falls within a few days. Unlike two years ago when it kept piling up higher and higher and made corners treacherous as you couldn't see around them when driving. It was like we were stuck in some sort of mice maze of snow, trying to peak around every corner to see if the coast is clear.
Even that big King Kong made of snow on Third Street has dropped some weight the past few days. Two years ago, he would have been buried in snow a few days after being sculpted.
I guess Mother Nature owed this to us after the walloping she put on us for two straight winters a few years ago. Although, she was pretty nice to us last winter if I remember right. I guess we have nothing to do but sit back, relax and enjoy this weather while we can.
You never know when Ms. Nature can change her mind.
Especially in Iowa.
Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don't necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or firstname.lastname@example.org