It is now March, and the weather, thankfully, is starting to warm. Slightly. Slightly warm, in Iowa, however, doesnt really mean much. For several weeks we suffered thru sub zero temperatures, snow, ice, more sub zero, and hardly any sunlight at all. Being somewhat scientific in my approach, I was always under the impression that life as we know it, at least here on the surface of earth, must have some sort of sunlight. From the plants and trees to the animal kingdom, sunlight feeds us, makes us more mentally and emotionally balanced, adds a glow to our skin, and helps to generate plant life. But (and you always know there is a but looming somewhere!) without sunlight, moods around at least our house are, for the most part, pretty down. That is, fortunately until this week, when the sun finally started peeking through the clouds, the temperatures finally started picking up (a little) and the deep snow cover that has blanketed our town is finally starting to melt. Some.
As with all things, there is a down side even to the warmer changes of spring. With all of the snow cover we have had, it is almost a certainty we will have more spring flooding, and after the Flood of 2008, the chances are good we could see a similar event unfold. Climatologists are predicting above normal precipitation this spring, and added to the melting snow could mean more problems. Luckily our house sits on a hill far away from the Cedar River, and although nothing can be ruled out, our house sits in a much more "elevated" position than where we lived previously. Let us all hope that these predictions are not accurate and we can avoid another flooding even such as what occurred in 2008.