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Perverse weather gods

Saturday, 1:54 pm

Here we are on the 3rd day of May enjoying lovely spring weather...NOT. True, it is raining out and that is a definite spring need, but the temperature! This has crossed the line into absolutely ridiculous territory. The normal high for May 3rd is 64° and....last year it was 64° on May 3rd. This year? Not even close. My thermometer looks worse every time I look at it. We’re now standing at 44.2° and about the only good thing to say about that is that the rain hasn’t turned to snow yet. Same as yesterday. And same as tomorrow’s forecast. We’ve even had a couple of hard frosts this week. Our beautiful spring blooming trees have had a rough go of it.

And I’m freezing.

Last evening I couldn’t stand it any longer and started a fire in the stove. I had 8 logs left...now I have 4. After several days of keeping the thermostat set at 60° my bones were coated with a thick layer of ice. The stove’s heat was luxurious. It reached into all corners of the house and thawed me out. And the house retained most of the heat through the night. But all good things must come to an end. The house temp finally dropped below 60° a while ago and the furnace kicked on again. Aside from having to use gas for the heat, I at least feel a little better knowing that the gas utility dropped rates to summer rates on May 1st. That’s about a 50% savings. That, of course, is owing to the assumption that, by May 1st, no one needs heat around here so there’s not too much point in trying to gouge us after that date.

I feel for the renters in the area whose landlords turned the heat off on April 1st or May 1st. Some go for the earlier date while others still stick by the May 1st date. It has been a cold month and I can imagine that coping with no heat has been utterly miserable.

For my part, I’ve altered my habits a little bit. Rather than sitting around in the evening shivering, I’ve adopted the new habit of turning the thermostat down to 55° and going to bed at 8:30 or 9:00. With a nice pile of blankets to keep me toasty, I’ve caught up on my books, blogs, and DVDs the past several evenings. In comfort. That might be a silver lining.

Keeping fingers seriously crossed that the weather persons know what they’re talking about when they promise a 20 degree warm up after Tuesday. Maybe a bit less along the coast, but even 55° would feel tropical after the last couple of days. So far, this has been a 7 month heating year. That seems more in line with Alaska, not Massachusetts.

When we finally hit our 98°/99% humidity days, smack me upside the head if I dare complain. Just refer me back to the misery that was April, lingering into May.

Posted by Kate on 05/0308 at 01:54 PM

Oh man, I hear you.  This is disgusting AND depressing.  What fun is spring if you are freezing your you know what off.  The house is 60 and I am sick of wearing layers. 

Heat came on in the bedroom the last three nights.  That thermostat is set at 55 and it rarely comes on--of course in the winter, there is enough heat rising from downstairs so that warms it up.  But it has been so cold out (28 the other morning) that it actually came on.  First morning, it was around 5:30 I heard it and could not imagine who was in my bathroom taking a shower that early.  That is how long it had been since it had clicked on, otherwise I never would have heard the water gurgling in the pipes.

DAMN IT ALL, I want some real spring weather!!  The flowering trees and such are, as usual, come and gone. They just about bloom and get hit with these cold temps and then the rain and they are gone..

OK enough whining and I promise to slap you upside the head when it goes way, way up, if you do the same for me.  LOL

Posted by cyn on 05/03  at  03:30 PM

It’s Sunday and BLAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH--this stinks!!  Heat is going on, I can’t take it!! ;) And every light in the house, it is too damn dark. Enough, I give up!!  Am looking at trips for Memorial Day weekend, anywhere the sun MIGHT shine and it might be warm.  I have had it!! ;) My word is COLD, perfect, just ***!!!ing perfect.  LOL

Posted by cyn on 05/04  at  08:52 AM

Well, it’s a whole four degrees warmer than yesterday, whaddya want anyway? smile

My grass grew about 6 inches between Friday and today. And it’s too sopping to do anything about it, even if I wanted to, which I don’t because it’s freezing out there.

Tomorrow will be better. Supposedly. Maybe even 20 degrees warmer than today. Wouldn’t that be splendid? Oh, I can’t wait. This weather is getting to me, too. It got to me a long time ago. I’m so sick of wearing winter clothes...several layers deep.

And I would REALLY like to retire the furnace for the season. My thermostat is only set at 58° today, so far. I’ve been moving around a lot and doing stuff, so I’m not too freezing yet. But if I sit still too long, I’ll start shivering and have to turn it up a couple of degrees. I’d so much prefer to open the door and let warm air inside!!!

Posted by Kate on 05/04  at  01:15 PM