After spending the last few weeks solidifying into frozenness due to Frederick county's interpretation of Syracuse-style weather, I have spent the last couple of days with my hat off and coat open, basking in the balmy warmth of 50-degree days.
That wicked cold we'd been having? Used to be the norm for this area at this time of year, according to one of my bus drivers as he described the winters of his youth. The Monocacy and Potomac regularly froze over completely and the old ice houses cut enough ice for iceboxes (you know, the original refrigerators) from the river to last ALL SUMMER. That's a lot of ice--and a lot of REALLY cold weather to make all that ice!
The two feet of snow we got before Christmas? While a little unusual for December (even 'back in the day'), the bus driver said that snow and lots of it was a frequent occurrence in January and February and often into March.
According to him and my other bus-mates, we've been having it pretty easy here over the last few decades as a whole and now we're getting back to historically normal weather for this area. That's not really what I wanted to hear. That kind of weather is why I didn't stay in Syracuse. Maryland is the top edge of the South; isn't it supposed to be warmer in the South? Or does that only refer to the people? (wink)