I live in the south for a reason. Well, several reasons really. But for the sake of conversation, let's just focus on the reason of "Weather" today.
In the south, you can count on two things (most of the time).
Hot in the summer. Crazy hot sometimes. That's what air conditioning and swimming pools are for.
Mild in the winter. Mild means that I will occasionally have to wear two layers under my jacket, but infrequently. My jacket is not goose down or flannel or wool. It's cotton and lightweight.
The heater does not run every second of every day. In fact, some days it doesn't run at all. I have great love of the fact that there are years where I can wear short sleeves, outdoors, on Christmas day.
I grew up in Kansas City, MO. They have a real winter there. I got the heck out of there as quick as I could and never looked back. When I get cold, I'm miserable. My feet and hands get cold and stay that way. My bones begin to ache. I just can't get warm and stay warm. Socks set up a village at the foot of my bed from being worn to bed and then taken off. I make hot tea and coffee, just so I can hold the cup. I don't want to get in the shower because it's cold in there. I don't want to get out of the shower because I'm finally warm. I......you get the picture.
When we have a cold snap here in Austin, I expect it to visit and go on it's way in a day or two.
Imagine my horror as I watched the news last night and they had a special report on upcoming weather.
"It will be colder than it has been since 1989--single digits overnight. Some days, it won't get above freezing. Not only that, but it will hang around a while. Possibly up to a week or more.........yada, yada, yada". I quit listening after that.
My brain went into "Oh my goodness!" mode.
I'll take a month of 100* weather before I'd ever want a week in the teens and 20s overnight. My poor plants! My poor chickens (will be sleeping in the garage)! The poor wild animals! The poor homeless! And doggoneit, poor me!
Yea, yea, I know you folks up north are laughing your heads off. I'm officially a weather wuss.
With all that whining in mind, take a look at the 10 day forecast from Weather.com
Either my local famous meteorologist, Bob Rose, has been in the sauce, or the Weather Channel is just making things up.
Just for kicks, I looked it up on the NOAA weather site as well.
It says the same thing as the Weather channel.
So, in fact, the sky is not falling. I got all bent out of shape for nothing.
My goosebumps will be at the ready, though.
You can never be too prepared.