Tuesday, 5 April 2011

What's Worse: Snow in March or Rain in July?

Here we are the start of spring and in many areas snow, rain, freezing rain, and hail are in the forecast. Mother Nature does like to remind us from time to time that she–and not the calendar –is in charge of the weather.

While the forecast of snow in March is depressing to some – it begs the question what’s worse – snow now in this transitional month or rain and lots of it in July?!

Most of us long for perfect weather seasons. Of course the definition of “perfect weather” varies with the individual. Many enjoy snow filled winters while others prefer not to see a spec of white precipitation at all. But from my experience working on the Farmers’ Almanac, most of us want a really nice summer.

There’s something depressing about a forecast of a “rainy summer or July.” Even if you live in an area that gets a lot of snow, and the winter outlook is for harsh snowy conditions, this winter forecast seems to be  more bearable than a rainy, cool summer season. Is this because summer to many means spending time outdoors – and if it’s rainy and cool that can’t happen?

For me the idea of a harsh winter is OK. Snowstorms give me an opportunity to slow down and enjoy some time off. Harsh winter weather almost gives me an excuse to stay indoors and watch movies, or head outdoors and enjoy some cold weather sports. Yet a rainy, cool July depresses me. By July, I want to be outdoors, heading to the beach, working in the garden, or enjoying a good book in a shady spot.

March is not one of my favorite months, I did get a taste of 70+ degree weather the other day and it was nice. Snow is forecast for me tomorrow… I like snow but am really fine with snow not coming and it being done for the year. Yet if I had to choose one or the other,  I’d choose snow in March and warm, sunny days in July.

What about you? What’s your idea of “perfect season weather?” Does March snow bug you or are you fine with it? Share your thoughts here.