I mean, do you really think it's going to continue being in the upper 70s and low 80s IN MARCH? Surely you're delusional if that's your thinking -- but it's a nice delusion. Here, on the other hand, we EXPECT temperatures to be in the 80s at the end of March and for them to keep going up!
But that's what makes weather an interesting field of study and a large part of our lives. We never know what the weather systems will bring, be it sunny and warm or gray and miserably cold. Even after many years of weather watching (and experiencing) new terminology can pop up. Ever heard of graupel? Yeah, me either.
But graupel is formed by a snowflake going through some supercooled water droplets and the water forms around the snow -- not quite hail or ice pellets, but graupel. That's what Tucson had in addition to regular snowflakes. Who knew?
Certainly Northern Michigan's temperatures of late have been historic and, if Facebook postings are any indication, more than welcome. Beach going in March typically means heading to Florida on spring break and not to the Good Hart beach, and I'm sure the skiers participating in the slush cup events were happier getting out of the water in 80 degrees rather than 40.
And once again Little Traverse Bay didn't freeze -- which marks another time in the past 15 years that the bay hasn't iced over. Something's happening here, weather wise.
That ice is important -- it slows evaporation from the lakes thus keeping lake levels up. Along with less snowfall, lake levels are looking to be below their long term averages which is meaningful especially for large freighters.
There's an old line -- credited normally to Mark Twain but authorship unknown -- that everybody talks about the weather but no one does anything about it.
For weather geeks everywhere, however, this has been one winter to put in the weather books as truly not normal but enjoyable nonetheless.
The passing of Ira Breneman of Boyne City last week at age 93 meant another great letter to the editor writer is now gone.
Ira had a sharp and succinct take on things and when the spirits moved him to write, he'd drive up from Boyne and deliver the letter in person, always nattily dressed, gentlemanly in person, twinkle in his eye and smile on his face. It was always a treat to see him.
He was one of a group of frequent letter writers from a generation that enjoyed the written word and adding their contribution to it.
Harold "Doc" McCaughrin fit into that group -- Doc always delivered his letters personally to my desk, one, because I could read his handwriting and two, we'd discuss the points of grammar that he has a question about because he wanted to make absolutely sure his letters hit the mark grammatically.
There were several writers who regularly produced letters with a Christian bent -- Bob Blomberg from Alanson, Ida Crawford and Ann Ruffe from Petoskey, and these days, Dave Grover from Walloon Lake. With those letters I not only watched the grammar but also kept two versions of the Bible at the ready to check references there.
Some letter writers continue the tradition -- John Crinnion and Chuck Laughbaum can be counted on for politically oriented letters on the local and national scene and on the flip side politically Linda Badalucco, Anne Srigley and Paul Rondell. And when it comes to parking, no one beats Doc Turcott for his thoughts on eliminating meters (and dump the bumpouts while you're at it).
The opinion page of a newspaper should be a place for the sharing of ideas and all of the people listed here were willing to put their name at the end of a letter and contribute to that marketplace of thought.
Nowadays of course there are comments online, some where the people are identified, many who aren't. I suppose that's still adding to the marketplace of ideas but it certainly is not with the class and dedication that Ira and his cohorts brought and bring to page 4.
And that's why I miss Ira and the rest of them.
Kendall P. Stanley is retired editor of the Petoskey News-Review. He can be contacted at email@example.com.