I am not fond of winter but I put up with it for the most part. I live in Cleveland and it is to be expected that it will get cold in winter and that it will snow and there is no sense complaining about it. And for the most part I don’t. But almost every year there comes a point, around this time of year, when I get well and truly fed up.
This is because this is the time of year when the average daily high based on historical data is near 40oF. In other words, we are approaching spring and temperatures should be easing upwards and the snow melting. But because of the statistical fluctuation of weather, there is usually a period of a week or two around this time when the temperature plunges to well below that average and the snow seems to keep falling, so that you get tired of seeing it day after day and run out of places to pile it. Right now, for about two weeks daytime highs have been about 30oF below normal, with some days like today being bitterly cold, and the snow has been falling steadily almost every day. That is when I get sick of it, because of the sustained and deep discrepancy between the expected value and the reality. If this pattern had occurred in January, I would have accepted it more stoically because you expect this kind of weather in that month.
The total snowfall for this year so far has been about 58 ins, roughly the same as the average snowfall for the whole winter. We should normally have had about 48 inches so far, so while it is above average we should be grateful that we are nowhere near the pace for the record snowfall of 118 ins for the season set in 2004-2005.
At least we can console ourselves that this year we are not as being badly hit as Boston which has already received over 100 inches of snow.