Tired of winter

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Sometime this summer, when the temperature climbs above 100 degrees and the humidity is 94 percent, I'm probably going to complain and wish for colder weather.

And then I'm going to remember this winter and I'm going to retract my wish and be thankful for the heat.

I'm new to this part of Arkansas and I might be overreacting just a bit, but it feels as if I have never been this cold for this long. This winter seems as if it has lasted five years and even though we've really only experienced one real blast of snow and ice, that was plenty for me, thanks.

On Monday, my office felt a little hot and stuffy so when I left for a brief lunch break I foolishly didn't take my coat, thinking I would enjoy the "brisk" air. Yes, I know that was not very smart. Yes, I know you are laughing, and I don't blame you.

By the time I got back from lunch, I was pretty well shivering and cursing the cold. A quick check of the weather app on my phone showed Berryville with a temperature of 19 degrees.

Brisk air, indeed.

I've spent most of my life in the Little Rock area. When I moved here, our former sports editor, Chan Davis, advised me that Carroll County was essentially two "zones" removed from central Arkansas in terms of weather -- one because of the simple geographical difference and another because of the topography and higher elevation. Chan, who hails from Mississippi, told me he had been freezing ever since he got here. I thought he was joking; now I can relate.

Of course, there is winter in central Arkansas, too. As I write this column, in fact, that part of the state seems to be pretty well shut down because of winter precipitation that we seem (knock on wood) to have dodged.

Most winters in central Arkansas bring at least a little snow and, more commonly, ice.

But again, I don't seem to recall it ever being so consistently cold and yucky for so long. Even when the temperatures have been milder this winter -- in the 40s -- it seems as if it has been rainy and gray.

Add to that the fact that I recently moved into a new place here in Carroll County, complete with the first wood-burning stove I've ever tried to operate, and this winter has been an adventure.

I'm tired of winter. I'm tired of cold, gray days and snow that stays on the ground for a week. I'm tired of 28-degree high temperatures and the perpetual guessing game with the forecast.

I want summer. I want a nice thick steak on the grill. I want baseball. I want shorts. I want a cane pole and some crickets. I just want it to get warm. Please.

I know that warmer weather will come, eventually. Right now, though, I guess I will have to suck it up, throw another log in the stove and dream about those 100-degree days.

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Scott Loftis is managing editor for Carroll County Newspapers.