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The funny season

Traditionally speaking, Southern Virginia experiences four distinct seasons, spring, summer, winter and fall, but the dividing line between the four of them seems to be less distinct the past several years.

Just witness the past couple of weeks when almost spring-like temperatures have been followed by colder than normal days, then snow, sleet and ice.

This week is no exception with another warming trend followed by possible thunderstorms and a return to more seasonable, cold weather.

February is usually the funny season, but this year January is taking its place.

Granted, warm spells in winter make it easier on the wallet, what with the price of fuel oil, propane and electricity to keep warm.

And, I know several people who wish for Florida-like conditions the whole year through, but I beg to differ, because I like the changing seasons.

I like to see snow falling, and I find it easier to get around in than the dreaded “wintry mix” that plagues this area of the state more often than not.

We’re fortunate to live where we do.

For instance, Anchorage, Alaska had to deal with a record snowfall of 133.6 inches in the winter of 2011-12.

One neighborhood in South Anchorage, at a higher elevation than most of the city, recorded approximately 200 inches of snow for the winter.

The City of Anchorage ran out of room to put the snow it pushed off the streets, with city “snow dumps” pushed beyond capacity.

Of course, cities like Anchorage are better equipped to deal with heavy snowfall, but 200 inches?

That comes close to 17 feet of snow, and here in Virginia some of us panic when an inch is in the forecast.

If you like funny weather, stay tuned this week, where Wednesday’s forecast high is 70 degrees, followed by 48 degrees on Thursday and 43 degrees on Friday.

Wednesday’s low is 39, followed by 30 on Thursday and 23 on Friday night.

Beyond that is anybody’s guess, but everyone knows the old saying about the weather, all of us talk about it, but none of us can do anything about it.