Thanks to global warming (among other things) snow has been rather scarce this winter season. In fact the state of Iowa and many of its neighbors have been in a drought since the spring and therefore a serious lack of moisture has struck the land. Right now though I look out my window and snow is falling, which is odd to me these days since we’ve only gotten one snowfall all year. However I remember January’s when snow fell heavily and the winter was bitter cold-there was even a winter a couple of years back that saw temperatures going 20 below zero, which to someone like me not accustomed to such weather it came as a surprise. I’ve lived in Iowa all my life and I’ve seen both extremes in winter and in summer, yet winter has been strange the last couple of years. I no longer know what to expect.

So I am taking my shovel to clear the driveway and the sidewalks, a task that I have been far more used to doing on a regular basis than during this lukewarm winter season. Maybe this year the groundhog’s prediction won’t even matter (I jest-its never mattered, he’s just a convenient scapegoat) as by February the grass might be growing back already. We even managed to get ice for one whole day, and it was slick outside before the temperature went and the warmth melted it away. I’m afraid that this summer will be the opposite of the summer of 2008, where the river overflowed and flooded the city, replaced by water rationing and a lack of relief from the heat. Mother Nature is cruel and unforgiving in more ways than one.

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