Not All Solstices Are Alike

Today was the winter solstice, the official start of winter and the shortest day of the year.  However, in the past I told readers that Kentucky weather does not make sense to me, and this winter solstice is not at all like the one we had last year.  In 2012 it snowed until 1 PM, the critical moment for those who followed the Mayan calendar and thought the world would end at that point.  This year, instead, it warmed up to 60 degrees, and now as I write this, it is actually 70 outside.  I still need a jacket when I go outside, but now it’s for the rain, not the cold.

Speaking of rain, we got a drizzle of it for most of yesterday and today.  Then this evening the winds picked up, and at 11:30, a severe thunderstorm arrived.  The good news is that the worst part will be passing south of us; gusts of wind up to 70 MPH are expected in the Lake Cumberland area.

Tomorrow we’re expecting it to be clear and colder, and by Monday temperatures will be back below freezing again.  No rain or snow is in the forecast for the next week, so it will be very cold and very dry on Christmas Day.  Since we can’t have a white Christmas without snow, and it’s too cold for a green Christmas, shall we call it a brown Christmas?

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