I was going to write a pithy, analytical evaluation of various political events today, but after several starts and stops, and partial drafts, I’ve decided to punt and just go with some pretty pictures and commentary on my area. I’ve just returned from a visit down to the central part of New York, and the grass is green, trees are starting to leaf up, flowers are blooming, and it looks like “spring.” Go 75 miles or more to the north, and things aren’t quite at that stage, so things aren’t quite as pretty as they will be.
Last year at this time, we were dealing with a 500 year flood. We’d had a lot of snow, and it hung on until almost the last week of April. That’s when a warm front with a very heavy rain (5″) came through and melted it all. This year, we didn’t have much snow, and it was gone by end of March. The result is that we’re much drier than usual.
In a normal year at this time, this boat launch dock would be completely floating. Standing where I was, when I took the picture, would have meant that I was in water up to my knees.
This would be under water, and to give you another picture
The small island to the right should be underwater by two to three feet. These are water levels you normally see at the end of July, not in the spring. Right now, things are dry enough that there’s an outdoor open fire ban in place for the state until May 15′th. In a year we’ve gone from one extreme to the other. The bright side is that I was able to get a chance to go out and look at my new assignment – last year, they couldn’t get in until the second week of May:
Yes, that’s lower than normal as well. Still, I probably need to renew my fishing license … there looks to be some great trout fishing there.