The weather forecast is something I always try to be optimistic about. Sure, there are some days, usually when severe weather threatens, that I have to present information in a firm and serious tone. But 95% of the time, I can’t help but smile at the sun icon for the upcoming Friday, or the gradual warming trend over the week.
Still, this time of year, it can be hard to be optimistic. While we do live in Wisconsin, a land that experiences cold and snow every winter, most of us reach a point during the winer season when we say “enough is enough.” Personally, I enjoy snow, but I also start looking forward to summer, now four months away. It’s hard to ignore the impending snow, ice, slush, late season flurries and overnight frosts.
But let’s look at this time of year with the ”glass half-full approach.” There are many wonderful things about this time of year, and actually, one could argue this is the best time of the year! For one, we are gaining about three to four minutes of daylight each day. Since the winter soltice on December 21st, the shortest daylight of the year, we have added more than 90 minutes of daylight. That’s 90 minutes of opportunity to talk a walk, shovel snow, or soak up a little Vitamin D when the weather is nice. Also, the first day of spring is a little more than one month away, 36 days from Valentine’s Day. Finally, let’s not forget about daylight saving time; we will “spring ahead” one hour on Sunday, March 10th, meaning more daylight to enjoy in the evening.
So yes, the holidays are long gone, there’s not much going on and the weather is cold. I say it’s a great time to kick back and relax, and rest up for the following months of 2013. As you know, the days will seem to go faster and faster once the trees start to green!
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This post was written by Nick Grunseth on February 12, 2013