GROWING WEATHER WOES

“The weather and love are the two elements about which one can never be sure.”

Alice Hoffman

NO GOLF TODAY

NO GOLF TODAY

Anyone watching the news this week has probably seen stories about the bizarre weather in the southern U.S. Having been a South Carolinian some 18 years now, I’ve only seen snow here twice before, and both times it was flurries. We did have a very rare ice storm in 2014 (read about it here ) but generally our winters are relatively warm and comfortable.

WINTER VIEW

WINTER VIEW

“The weather gods are toying with us.”

David Haig

Not so the opening week of 2018. Our temperatures overnight are dropping into the teens (Fahrenheit) and the days are not much warmer. Instead of rain we have snow and ice, closing bridges and causing numerous accidents. Our cars do not have snow tires nor do we have snow plows, snow blowers, snow shovels or ice scrapers. As a result even a small amount of snow and ice brings us to a standstill.

UPRIGHT ICICLES

UPRIGHT ICICLES

“You may weather the storm, but will you weather the aftermath?”

Anthony T. Hick

While the snow and sleet has abated for the most part, the heartiness of our tropical greenery is about to be severely tested. In a week where our photo challenge is Growth one wonders how much growing they’ll be doing after a week encased in ice.

BRRRR

FULLY ENCASED

“It is a common fault of men not to reckon on storms in fair weather.”

Niccolo Machiavelli

One of the small annoyances related to storms here in Charleston is that our TV stations are totally absorbed with weather news. On days when we are stuck inside it seems unfair that all we can watch are news broadcasts whose weathermen insist on showing scenes of children and dogs playing in the snow under the auspices of “keeping us informed”. Seriously???

ICE CREEP

ICE CREEP

“Flurries early, pristine and pearly. Winter’s come calling!

Old Farmers Almanac, 2013

Sadly there are also stories of power outages, burst pipes and over-stressed heating systems as well as overloaded shelters and stranded travelers. I suppose then that complaining about small inconveniences is totally unacceptable.

FREEZING FRONDS

FREEZING FRONDS

“Embrace the weather, child, and you’ll understand the balance of the world.”

Dean Koonts

 Let me just say I’m looking forward to next week 😊.

 

WPC: Growth

 

 

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131 thoughts on “GROWING WEATHER WOES

  1. Beautiful photos. Your 1st quotation reminds me of a quote I once heard in a lecture (I suppose the quote was to get our attention regarding the lecture (can’t remember a damn thing which was said in the lecture).
    An astronomer can predict exactly where Alpha Centauri will be at 10 pm this Friday – he cannot say the same about his teenage daughter…

  2. Beautiful photographs. I saw a new item today about alligators in North Carolina frozen in ice with their snouts sticking out. They survived! Hardy dinosaurs I say. 🦖

    • Thanks John – had never heard of this so I googled it and sure enough, many photos. Then I saw on my friend’s FB page that she’d included one of the photos on her feed. interesting coincidence and VERY interesting factoid. They are amazing animals!

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  3. The positive to snow / ice is the amazing photo opportunities, which of course, you have capitalized on perfectly.
    Happy New Year, and stay warm!

  4. Has the warmer weather arrived yet?

    The icing over of branches and leaves is surprisingly effective. While you will have some winter kill, it’s nature’s way of providing extra protection against outright freezing damage to the plant. In FL, for example, produce growers will turn on their sprinklers and saturate their crops with water to protect their fields from the effect of a killer freeze. The citrus growers will do the same if they determine their smudge pots won’t work. It’ll save a majority of the groves.

    Stay warm.

    • Thanks David! Yes we got up to 56 degrees today and most of the snow and ice on the roads is finally gone. The plants and yards are another story but this too shall pass (we hope!)

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  5. A perfect post for this week, Tina. What crazy weather! We were in Boston last week and got caught in the blizzard. 15 inches of snow, 40 mph winds, and temperatures in the single digits. Sad to say that temperature felt almost warm after a week of colder weather in Michigan! Sad to say, unpredictability is the new “normal.”

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