Let's talk weather. So far, so good this year for our area. We have had a little chill, even a few low temperatures, but not anything to complain about. Most days we have had a little sunshine. It is cold in the mornings with temperatures rising to the 60s in the afternoon. Some days I have to remind myself it is December, almost Christmas.
I made it to four of our five Buffalo Island area Christmas parades and enjoyed good weather for all. Monette had a little threat of rain but it did not come through. I had to miss one because two were held the same night at the same time. My co-worker Yvonne Hernandez took one and I took the other and we got them all covered. My hat goes out to all of the volunteers who made the parades happen. We can give thanks to the good Lord for the weather.
All of the towns seemed to have exceptionally good parades this year with large attendance. The holiday spirit can be seen everywhere across Buffalo Island.
Winter officially begins on Dec. 21. We all know in Northeast Arkansas the weather can get really cold early, late or not at all. I have seen it snow on Easter and ice storm in January. In my opinion, we live in a good part of the United States for weather.
We get to enjoy all seasons but not too much of it. Snow and freeze, as a rule, comes and goes. We don't have snow banks over our heads. In one day the weather can go from warm to cold and back again. Temperature can change while we are in the grocery store buying food for the week.
If you don't like the weather, don't worry, it will soon change. I am not sure I would like to live where it is always warm and I know I would not like to live where it is always cold.
Saw a message from friends in Alaska who were glad to see the daylight a few hours a day. Some places in Alaska stay dark for long periods of time and then have the midnight sun all day. It depends on where you are, but I know there are some mighty cold areas that make our winters look like the middle of summer. Too much for me.
I hear people talk about weather and how it has changed through the years but as far back as I can remember we have had bad winters and we have had mild winters. Hot summers are normal and then we have really hot summers. We just forget from year to year.
Before air conditioning, we did not realize just how hot our summers were. We used fans to blow the warm area around but we were never cool in June, July or August. I would hate to think I would have to go through a summer without air conditioning.
I read where the Farmers Almanac is predicting a bad winter for 2018. We are almost there so we will see.
My sister and her family left last Monday on their return trip to their home in Pensacola. They said the further south they went the more winter weather they saw. They even sent us a video of them throwing snow balls along the way after they got into Florida. I asked her if she was ready to move north for a little warmer weather.
As we have heard all of our lives, we cannot change the weather. We have to be prepared but if the Almanac is right, we need to keep those winter coats handy.