April! April! Where for Art Thou?

I used to be addicted. I waited for hours for my next fix. As I checked the time for next update, I would yawn. Finally at 10:20 PM, the weather forecast would begin.

Our local forecasters have been waaaay off all winter. Every time they predicted The Big One, the sun would shine. One afternoon while looking forward to a walk outside in 60 degree weather, a blustery snowstorm dumped five inches of snow.

Roxy 2

William Callahan from the Boulder Daily Camera Newspaper wrote about the storms of March being incorrectly predicted and correlated them to Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  At the end of his article he said, “Furthermore, April (like March) is projected to be a dry month. Will the forecasters end up with porridge on their faces?”

Yep… Looks to me like porridge alright.

I have been making fun of the recent blunders on Twitter. Schools were closed in anticipation of last week’s storm that was to bring over a foot of snow to the area. We got a few inches. It got retweeted by our local newspaper.

Boulder Snow Day

I slept soundly through last night’s forecast.

When I woke up to yet another snowstorm today, I wondered if the schools had been closed again or if school superintendents view meteorologists like the boy who cried, “Wolf!” It has been snowing all day and the inches are piling up.

William B. Gail is the co-founder and CTO of Global Weather Corporation and is also 2013 President-Elect of the American Meteorological Society (AMS).  According to him, all US forecasters base their predictions on the same model which is not as accurate as Europe’s or Japan’s. Our poor standing has to do with the lack of satellites and investment in new technology.

Well that explains everything. We should take up a collection!

Roxy 4

This snowstorm is named Yogi and Zeus is the last. It occurred to me that The Weather Channel will soon run out of winter storm names. Are they scrambling to come up with new ones? At this rate, we will have snow until June!

Spring snowstorms are typical for this region. Usually, we get a storm and I smile knowing it will melt in the spring sunshine the next day, but our temperatures have been in the basement. The trees must know something is up since none have leafed out.

I welcome the moisture and remember snow dancing not long ago, but most of the ski resorts closed last weekend. Dang!

The next time you hear about the new Super Dooper Doppler 50,000, look outside your window. April doesn’t look sunny and dry to me or Roxy.

Is it really April?

Roxy 3

Is it springlike where you live?

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128 responses to “April! April! Where for Art Thou?

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  2. Brilliant shots, Susie!
    We’ve had weird weather in Niagara as well, so don’t feel too bad!

  3. Thou has travelled East to bless the busy souls of London City ;) Lovely photos Susie!

  4. It’s the closest to a normal March and April in years. But, I’m ready for a warm-up.

    • Wow! Where do you live? We are supposed to get another 8 inches of snow tonight! It has been the latest winter ever…

      • I live in Colorado Springs. 8 inches sound crazy

        The last few years we’ve had (may be 4-5 yrs), March and April has been fairly dry which are out of the ordinary. I’m hoping we won’t be having any snow in May.

  5. As you see this unusual weather in April, what are your thoughts?

    To respond to your parting question, our winter was heavenly but we seem on the threshold of a hot summer.

    Shakti

    • Where do you live? We had a dry winter until 7 weeks ago. Snowstorms have arrived every Monday since. Talk about cycles!!!! I wonder if they will continue into May?

  6. December through March were pretty warm and mostly dry in Northwest Arkansas, although it did dump a foot in Little Rock on Christmas day (we got a dusting). April temperatures have been up and down like a yo-yo. Eighty one day and thirty-five the next.

    Have you seen that video where the newsgirl is teasing the weatherman about missing the snow storm? “Hey, Brad, where’s that 8 inches you promised me last night?” The entire studio broke up and they had to go to commercial for about 10 minutes while they regained their composure.

    • I swear I commented on this Russell! So good to “see” you!
      The weather has been strange in most parts of the country. The Midwest was in a severe drought and now there is flooding!
      I gotta believe those extreme temps are hard on the plants.
      I will have to look that video up! It sounds hilarious! :)

  7. It’s going to be unseasonably warm today here–in the 80s. We should split the difference and then the temp would be perfect! :)

    • Sounds like a great idea!
      It is going to be 50 degrees today, but I just checked the weather and our Monday storm continues with more snow expected! If you believe the forecast…. ;)

  8. well we’ve had April showers, but it is now 37 and the school called and we have second bad weather day in a row. my kids have to go to school – different districts! Oh, my – I feel the pain, it would be great to see spring flowers and trees flower and bud, but it will come and it will be spectacular when it does. have a great day.

    • No snow days there? Bummer…
      It looks like we’ll have a gorgeous day. I noticed that Home Depot pulled all of its garden center ads! Hahaha! We still have a lot of snow on the ground. No gardening this weekend!

  9. Fancy living in a place where, if snow is reported on the mountains, you rush to get there! I haven’t seen snow for years.

  10. We haven’t had snow for a while now .. but it has been bitter in the air, this week Spring has arrived big time, with sunshine and warm air. Still I love the photos you have here .. and that little cute dog of yours. All dogs love snow .. and cats hate it. *smile – hope the spring has come closer to you by now. *smile

    • It is warming up a bit and the sun is finally shining! We are at a mile high so the sun is intense and is melting the snow.
      We really need the moisture.
      I hope your flowers bloom soon!
      Thank you!

  11. surprisingly since last year the weather has been playing along with weather reports, someone must have used some brain cells and got a better equipment
    Its April and its hot and dry here and i am already calling winter..
    can we exchange houses for some time please..oh i would love to play with snow ..its really so dry here that my fingers look like 5 week old carrot in a fridge..
    ok may be not that bad but it really is bad and i keep moinsturizing them ever hour..oh i want snow i want i want i want pleaasssee

    • I will wind up and send a big snow ball your way! Ready??
      Swooooooosh! Did you catch it??
      We’ll soon be in the hot dry air too and this snowy memory will fade.
      Thanks Soma!

  12. Thank you for following my WC2 posts… I am really getting into Vicki’s writing challenges. I appreciate you reading my meanderings. :-)

  13. All that snow! Love the pictures… although, I imagine you are ready for some color besides white, yes?

    I should get my camera out and take some pictures of Spring and post… been so busy with writing and working on getting some of my flash stories ready for a e-book collection, I haven’t used it in months.

    • It is a beautiful sunny day here finally and the snow although still here is melting. I am ready for color. It has been a long dry winter up until the last 6 weeks!
      Absolutely! I am enjoying them!

  14. I would love to be a fly on the wall when the meteorologists plead their cases during a budget meeting. As for spring? It looks a lot like oatmeal ’round here.

    • Lots and lots of oatmeal here. We’ve had lots of moisture in March and April. Almost 35 inches….
      Fly on the wall is right! **swat** Oh wait a minute. You are the fly on the wall not the meteorologist! Hahaha! Sorry about that…

  15. I’m ready for October already. I was freezing all winter (and should add that we didn’t get near the snow you’ve had already this month…all freaking winter). But I hate spring and summer. One I do not like 90 and 100 degree (or higher) heat indexes…but mostly I hate summer storms. We’re just getting into the first bad storm of the season…now through midnight tomorrow night…and not much scares me more than warmer weather storms. Yes, I’m a coward. So I’ll gladly trade you the snow for this stuff. :)

    Do I trust weather forecasters? Nope. According to the Weather Channel weather map a couple of hours ago, there were no clouds over my area…which made me wonder where the loud thunder and heavy rains were coming from. :)

  16. I am enjoying the sunshine today here in Canada, but last week, we had snow. Crazy weather, Is this the problems Global warming will cause? we should have started working harder at stopping it long ago.

    • It is bitter cold here in Colorado for April! It looks and feels like January. I think the seasons are getting stranger every year. I gotta believe we have something to do with it.
      Thanks for stopping by Lily!

  17. Maybe the experts should spend their money on new equipment instead of paying marketing focus groups to decide on new storm names.
    It was 70 here in Illinois last weekend – whoo hoo! Hope you dig out soon, Susie.

    • Exactly! I am surprised they don’t do that!
      Oh man. That is perfect Midwestern weather. I just spoke with my parents in Wisconsin and it is thunderstorming there. It is still really snowing here!
      Good news!
      Vail and Breckenridge are reopening this weekend! They got feet of snow!

  18. The old ‘lick finger, hold in air until weather is decided doppler radar’ not working?
    Meanwhile, in Ohio – 45 degrees on Monday, then 75 on Tuesday, then 47, then 72, then 80, then 30. I hate you, Weather.

    • Hahaha! Me too! Where are our 300 sunny days??? I am glad for the moisture since were in a drought over the winter.
      It is still snowing here! 4-8 more inches today after sleet last night. I am hoping for a really good bounce in temps and a Colorado weather rebound!
      Stay warm Mike or cool!

  19. It’s been so cold here too, starting to see some warmth finally. Your dog is sooo cute!

    • I had heard about your cold weather! Glad to hear about your warm up. Ours must be right around the corner…
      Roxy totally posed for some of those pictures… Hilarious!
      Thanks!

  20. They used to say that the dental profession suffered from extremely high numbers of cases of depression. I wonder if anyone has surveyed the meteorologists lately?
    I hope you are out working in your garden soon, Susie, and I love your photos of Roxy with captions. Dogs always say the right things at the right times!

    • I wonder too??? I do think they get higher ratings if they start predicting huge storms, but man they have to “weather” all the criticism later!!!
      Roxy is the queen of snark..
      Thanks so much Patricia!

  21. I was lazy all day today. I think I’ll blame it on the weather. Sounds like a good excuse. Zeus, though. That should be one fairly awesome storm. ;) All that snow is just one reason you should be living here in Cali. Hehe.

    • I know! I am missing the warm Cali sunshine!
      I would have loved the snow in January, February or March, but I’ve got to get into my garden. Last night we had sleet and today they are predicting 4-8 more inches. YIKES!
      Thanks Debra!

  22. laketranslations

    My 2 cents from the other end of the world.
    It’s autumn here, but this town is totally different from any other I’ve lived in or been to. Six hours ago the temperature was 68ºF and now it’s dropped to 34 (it’s 1 a. m.). In about four hours it will be around 25ºF. Even the warmest summer days (with temps in the range of 90-100ºF) see a drop in temperature at night to the low twenties! Oh, and the wind-chill factor also has its say 24/7. That’s why our tennis players -unlike most- are never bothered by the wind. They learnt to deal with it when they looked barely taller than their racquets!

    • Wow! Those are extremes! We get very high winds too. I try to use it to my advantage when playing tennis since I put a lot of slice on the ball. Are you in Australia?
      It is still snowing here. Ridiculous!

      • laketranslations

        LOL, no! I live in the hometown of Juan Martín del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion :). Tandil is a smallish city (125000, per the 2010 census) and currently boasts 5 players in the ATP rankings, including Del Potro, Monaco, Maximo Gonzalez, Junqueira, Pastor).

  23. I’m sure we’d have more weather satellites if the local news stations could figure out a way to sell advertising on them.

    • Hahaha! That’s a great point, but not surprising coming from you 1point!!!
      It really surprises me that the big networks don’t rally all of meteorologists together to launch one or sixteen…
      Thanks for reading!

  24. It has been springlike where I live (Northern California) but last night we were hit with a cold snap again and snow fell about 2 miles up the hill from my house. It was 34 degrees this morning when I left for work.

    But, by the weekend, it’s supposed to be 85. I don’t like those drastic changes. I like a gradual change into a new season. I don’t like wearing wool coats one day and flip flops the next. It’s weird.

    Hang in there and listen to your trees. Mother Nature knows what she’s doing. If the leaves aren’t wanting to bud, bad weather’s a comin’ still.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    • Patricia, I think you are right. The trees are really late in opening and I don’t think this is our last storm. We still have Zeus!
      We’ve had a very mild dry year here in Boulder up until the last few weeks. Now it looks and feels like winter! We are supposed to warm up by the weekend, but not into the 80′s!!!!!
      Thanks so much for stopping by and enjoy the sunshine!

  25. We had a thunder storm this morning but nice out later. Weird weather. That’s a lot of snow!

  26. Ah Susie I don’t know what to say other than I’m glad you like snow!

    • I do and yet this time of year I prefer it in the mountains. It is pretty late to have a system that sits on us like this. Bring on the May flowers!
      Thanks Brigitte!

  27. We are having record cold weather for this time of year too. More like November temperatures. I am SSOOOOO looking forward to some sunshine!

    • We are kindred spirits facing long winter nights. What??? No it’s spring! Isn’t it weird?
      I am so ready for beautiful blooming trees and flowers. I guess we are in for at least another day or two of it before the weather changes.. At least we know it won’t go on forever!

  28. The weather is behaving very weirdly in England too. We’ve just hit Spring at last. It has been freezing!

  29. I took a late afternoon nap today. It was raining and some thunder; instead of a nap, I hit an hour of sound sleep! Wonderful. It is still coming down hard and I love the “new” sound of thunder without all the wind.
    Scott

  30. Sorry you’re still having snow there, Susie… we seem to have finally left Winter behind, and have some nice weather. We are currently getting our March Winds, though… so things aren’t quite right yet!

  31. filbio

    April is a crazy weather month. Remember the old saying – April showers bring May flowers. Well, it’s more like April snow showers now.

    Poor doggy looks all confused.

    Phil
    http://blog.theregularguynyc.com/?p=2646

    • Exactly! We are weeks behind. I do love the moisture.
      Roxy is a couch surfer anyway, but I bet she misses chasing the occasional rabbit! We are supposed to get a rain mix tonight, so maybe she’ll get out there running tomorrow!
      Spring will arrive eventually… :)
      Thanks Phil!

  32. Even here in Fort Worth spring is just now arriving. I used to love the cold before I started taking Coumadin. Now I shiver. Oh, well.

    • It must be late in a lot of parts of the country. I didn’t realize blood thinners made you colder. It makes sense.
      Enjoy your spring day there David! It’s still winter here…. :)

  33. This takes me back to the years I lived in Boulder. I love that city, but hated the weather there, largely because it was so bizarre. Also so dry. I’ve always said perfection for me would be if you could take the city of Boulder and plop down on the east coast . . . . I’d be a pretty happy camper.

    At least the reservoirs should be pretty full going into the summer season. :-)

    • We have been in a drought. It has been a really dry winter and the reservoirs were empty. We have been through a lot of storms in the last few weeks and they are recovering pretty well.
      I remember a poster somewhere that showed Boulder with beach front property. That would be something! I guess we can’t have it all!
      Thanks Mary!

  34. It sure is beautiful, though. I think all that snow dancing from last year just piled on for this year. Freaky weather for sure. It was like Scotland here yesterday, damp, cold, freezing, today it’s like April again. Blustery, some sun with puffy white clouds. Who knows what tomorrow will bring. Like you said, I just look out the window. The forecasters are always wrong! Sorry about the resorts closing… that’s got to hurt!

    • It does, but I am on to tennis season and if we really need a fix, we can go to A-Basin. I am hoping to get into the garden one of these days when the snow melts to trim everything up! Now that is a monster job!
      Enjoy your puffy white clouds dancing in the spring sky!
      Thanks Tameri! *note to self – I can stop snow dancing now….

  35. Roxy’s face says it all…she actually looks disgusted with Mother Nature right now, as she should. Enough already! Hope you have warmer temperatures and sun in the near future. If it helps, the pollen here is horrible as are my allergies.

    • That’s true. I forgot about allergies. They were just starting to kick up when these storms hit.
      Roxy is truly disgusted since she is too short to plow through the snow! Hahaha. She is n the couch dreaming of warmer days…. Thanks Lisa!

  36. Instead of April showers giving you May flowers, you’ve got April sleet that’s cold as sheeeeet. ;) Stay warm, Susie.

  37. Snow on the ground here today with a mix of ice. I have lived here for 8 years now and do not get too excited for Spring since it pretty much can snow here October to June. One reason for an escape to paradise in February:) I just try and enjoy the nice days we do have during this transition from Winter to Spring to Winter to Spring to Winter to Summer – ha! Happy Tuesday

  38. Warm and Sunny here! High 50s… lows in the 40s. Are you sure those aren’t old pics you are posting… I know how you love snow… but now, do I detect whining? Send Roxy out West…

    • Took those pictures yesterday and this morning… I am afraid that if this keeps up, we won’t have fruit and a ton of die-back. It’s amazing moisture and the humidity feels marvelous!
      Roxy is a happy house dog anyway! She is sleeping here on the couch next to me….

  39. We had a great spring break and enjoyed early summer-like weather at Easter. It was so uplifting to be outside two weekend in a row without being bundled up and huddling under an umbrella. But it didn’t last long. The wet coast became wet again. That was followed by cold temperatures and a drying spell.

    For sure there are daffodils and tulips and lovely cherry blossom trees in full bloom but it’s still chilly willy weather on the coast. Today, I can barely believe what I see. Is that golden color sun shining though a thin veil of cloud?

    April where art thou? The Pomeranian loves the cool weather but the Chihuahuas are shivering. Spring come soon.

    • The poor little Chihuahuas! ((((shiver))))
      We usually have blossoming trees by now. My daffodils were killed by last weeks 3 inch storm and so were the hyacinth. There is still hope for the tulips.:)
      I can’t complain too much since we were in desperate need of moisture. That’s another funny part about the Daily Camera story. We have to be getting record moisture! More snow on the way tonight! Sheesh!
      Thanks! Enjoy your thinly veiled sunshine!

  40. Danny Lindau

    I like the caption you put in the new photo of Roxy!!!

    Hope you made it to your appt.

  41. I think the weather has been odd since humans started using bows and arrows

  42. It’s extremely spring-like in LA, Susie—a city that appreciates your visits! ;)

  43. They just had another snowstorm in Canada this week and it came once again from the Colorado lows. Last year at this time it had been 70 degrees and more since St Patricks Day. It isnt warm anywhere– that means one blistering summer.
    I wish I had a cute dog here like that..:)
    HUGGGGGGGGGG

  44. It’s all in your mind, Susie, it’s not really snow…, it’s not cold…, you are getting sleepy…, very sleepy………. When you wake up you’ll remember nothing. It will all be gone. — It’s a rainy, chilly 42deg here with more to come for the rest of the week. Happy Tuesday, snowbunnie !
    Paul

    • I thought you were in California!
      It is supposed to be in the 30′s through Thursday! Such strange cold weather. I am looking out the window and a flock of robins are sitting on snow lined branches with their feathers all puffed out. It’s 27 degrees!
      I am still waiting for that hypnosis to kick in….

      • Give it a week or two !!!

      • California ???? In my dreams ! I’m sitting over here at the south end of Lake Michigan…, you know, that pond on the east side of Wisconsin. I sympathize with you though. It’s been a “too long” winter already. The sun came out for 5 minutes this afternoon and then retreated ahead of more rain. Yuck !!!

        • Oh that makes sense!
          The Midwest does have its gray days, but once spring arrives, it is beautiful! I know they’ve been having a lot of rain in Wisconsin too.
          I hope you have many sunny days soon Paul!

  45. Oh my gosh! Your doggies are so cute!

  46. It’s still overcast and gloomy here – typical Michigan spring. We have had days of rain! So glad to be moving to Nevada asap!

    • It will be hot and dry for you there John and a huge difference from the Midwest. I would have loved this weather in February or even in March….Our seasons have been off by a month or two all year… :)
      Good luck with the move!

    • I don’t know what you’re getting for weather today, John, but what we’re getting for the next 24 hours around Lansing is making me wish for January…and that I’d bought a house with a basement. :)

      • Hi Kristy! We just had some cloud-to-ground lightning and major downpours. Flash floods are possible, not good as the last round of rain hasn’t fully drained away yet. I am about 70 miles east of you, probably in line with what you get to some degree. I am back from self-hosting which stunk badly…

        • Well, my response just disappeared when I couldn’t click on the reply button, so in case it ever returns from the cyber Twilight Zone…and shows up here, too…I apologize. :)

          The weather has been pretty ugly here tonight…but the worst won’t start until tomorrow afternoon (through midnight or so)…if the forecast doesn’t change.

          Self-hosting is quite an experience, isn’t it. When it got to the point where I wanted to lob a brick through my monitor, cry…or both, an expert took pity on me and got things up and running. You’d think when you actually have to pay for it, it would be at least as easy as the free sites, wouldn’t you? Now I’m scared to even upgrade when I get the notifications. :)

  47. Laura Hilger

    Susie, I hear you!!!! We finally do have the sunshine, but still plenty of snow and skiing up here in Anchorage. Conditions are still decent so at least there is that, but I’m ready to bike!!!! Mother Earth seems to delay warmth more and more each year.

    • It is weird. I think our seasons are getting whacked out. The Jet Stream has changed it’s regular course.

      Soon it will be in the 90′s!
      Ski a run for me!
      Thanks for stopping by the hinterlands of Boulder!

  48. Oh man! Sending some sun and warmth from the East Coast! (Not that it’s alll that great here, but still beats snow.)

    • Please do!
      We usually get a big storm, but it’s been dang cold and it looks like January outside! We are supposed to get snow and cold through Thursday, “supposed to” being the key words…. :) Enjoy your warm weather!
      Thank you!

  49. We have foot outside today. Brrr! I’ve decided it must be a challenging job to forecast the weather here in Colorado in the Spring.

  50. Jerry

    As long as the planes fly, the weather will never be close to being accurately forecast. ;) Wishing you all the beautiful weather you can handle.

    • Thanks Jerry! I guess our satellites are really outdated compared to other country’s, but like you mentioned, there are so many factors. I bet we got a 18 inches!
      I hope you have a sunny day too!

  51. Where I live in Virginia, we went from sun to snow to just chilly to 80 degree days to chilly again. Mother Nature just can’t make up her mind.

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