Those of you who live in winter states, that is?
In the high desert we can have extreme cold – we’ve hit -20o since I’ve been here – but the weather tends to be episodic. Cold as hell at night, but you can usually sleep through the worst of it. Last week the temperature was rarely above freezing but for the past two days our afternoons have gotten into the sixties and it’s supposed to do it again today. Shirtsleeve weather.
So I think of winter as two months of wind-up, three months of cold, and two months of warm-up. Actual winter occurs between December and February. Which means we’re officially (me being the official) 2/3 through the cold weeks. This winter has hardly been worth noticing, but normally I start anticipating the warm-up in February and get aggravated and impatient for it through March.
How do you measure winter? What percentage of it is done for you, here on the first of Feb?