Covid-Weather

It been awhile since I lasted posted.  Hope where ever you may be reading this that you are doing well physically and mentally. If you are struggling mentally, please close the web browser and seek help.  Your well being is much more important then reading my blog.  I think in some parts of the world COVID-19 still has it grip in some countries.  Here in south Texas thing are transitioning to normal. More about that in my next post.  What isn’t normal is the weather we’ve been having for these past few months. Could we be experiencing a covid-19 weather effect?  Remember at the beginning of COVID-19 there were reports of the effects that lock down had on the environment.  Since people were sheltered in place and not using their cars and traveling was halt, the air quality change, the smog clear out.  Well is that effecting our weather?  Some would say global warming, but I would say it COVID-19 effect.  Here in Texas we had the bad wintering weather, where we experience multiple days of below freezing temperatures and snow fall.  Very unlike in south Texas. Check out my post, south texas vs old man winter. For the month of May and last week of April we have had constant  rain fall just about every weekend.  Not to mention a few days of hail. It been raining so much it difficult to cut the yard.  If you were lucky to cut it, the next day it would rain and you end up having to cut it again and repeat! As am typing this post, it is currently raining.  Here in south Texas we usually have our spring rain in April and few showers in May, but never where it would rain every week or weekend.  Is this the result of COVID-19 lockdowns.  Is it effecting the weather?  How has the weather been in your area?

South Texas VS Old Man Winter

In Texas we are still facing a pandemic, COVID-19, but here in South Texas we are now facing the wrath of Old man Winter. Well the whole states is. Starting Friday, February 12 temperatures have dropped and dropped below freezing. Yes, we do see our seasonal half day freeze just about every year, maybe skip a year sometime, but to stay below freezing for longer then a day, that not something most of us are prepared for. Waking up Saturday I think we were just hovering above freezing until the late evening hours. We had some rain and early Sunday morning that rain with temperature falling below freezing cause iceing conditions on freeways. The freeway near my neighborhood, people where evacuated from the cars cause they lost control. Their car left on the overpass until conditions improve to move them. Sunday we were just at freezing until the evening hours when the temperatures drop in the 20s. Around 10pm, old man winter, brought us snow. In South Texas, it doesn’t snow that often, so it a big big deal. Most kids here don’t experience snow unless they go somewhere where it happen so often. The last time it snowed here was three years ago, December 7, 2017. It wasn’t a lot but enough to cover the ground. So on Sunday night from 10pm to 4am Monday morning, it was snowing. The snow was falling fast and it was cold. Nothing compared to what happen here in 2017. We haven’t seen weather like this since 1985 which was the last time we saw a heavy snow fall. I was like 4 years old at the time and still remember it. Monday morning everything was cover with snow and with the sun out, we were able to defrost. I actually did my first, shovel snow off the side walk since it was cover with snow and ice below it. With this wintery weather, it been tough on the power grid, so many people have experience power outage. People having to bundled up cause they had no electrical to run their heaters. I lost power today for about 8 hours only to come back on for me to start typing this post. My family and I were getting our self ready to sleep with no heat until the power came on. I feel lucky cause other people have gone without power for a day, maybe more and some don’t have running water either. Monday evening, all that snow that melted, refroze with temperature dropping again below freeezing. Grocery stores closed early on Monday and Tuesday, today, open later in the day. Just like last year when this pandemic started, there were long lines of people. Longer then what I saw last year when the pandemic was beginning.

As for work, well I didn’t have to report in on Monday nor Today. As of now I don’t have to report in until further notice. At this moment the weather forecast for tonight is freezing raining and another chance of freezing rain with snow Thursday evening. It won’t be until this weekend when temperature will climb into the 60s with sunshine that we can defrost and warm up. I can say we will still be feeling the after effect of old man winter wrath such as water pipes breaking cause by them freezing.

NOTE: I was type this post Tuesday night after our power came back on.  Three hours later, it went off.  So we were without power through out the night until 5am Wednesday morning. That change when the power went out again around 8:15am. It came on again around 1pm, so who knows how long will have power for the rest of the day into the evening.