Suffice it to say this has been a Spring of an uncommon nature, to put it mildly.
When you consider that on the first day of Spring, the mercury in the thermometer barely broke the freezing mark, which should have given us some kind of clue of what might be coming our way.
Did it? Apparently not.
Since that first day of Spring, we have seen the full gamut of what Mother Nature has to offer sunshine, wind, rain, lightning, thunder, wind, snow, clouds, overcast, humidity, wind and more wind.
Personally, that's how I'm going to remember this Spring windy conditions. During the recently completed track and field seasons and golf seasons for our school teams, I think most folks would be hard-pressed to come up with more than a handful of dates that weren't wind-blown to some degree.
Golfing was a challenge and a half with the winds as well throw your regular idea for club usage out the window, hitting with a 25 or 30 mile an hour tail wind. But, the conditions were the same for everyone competitors and spectators alike.
On a more serious note, severe weather has knocked on our door early this Spring, and from what has occurred around the Midwest, the potential for more severe weather is, unfortunately, a very real possibility.
The profound loss of life and damage in Joplin, Missouri due to a tornado has to give everyone a graphic reminder of the fury and power of Mother Nature. A healthy respect for nature and its potential for severe weather is an absolute necessity in our society. We have seen the effects of massive snowfalls, torrential rains, flooding, winds, hail and even tornadic conditions. Fortunately, in our immediate area, we have not seen fatalities. However, that possibility is all too real.
Authorities remind people that when severe weather watches are issued, that the public should take note and take a moment to consider how they would respond if an actual warning were issued. Unfortunately, we still have a mentality of "I'll be OK, I'm not too worried about a little wind."
A look at photos of the destruction of St. John's Mercy Hospital in Joplin, MO, should change that thinking.
All too often, we develop an attitude of "I'll worry about that when the time comes." That type of attitude carries over into planning for what to do in a weather emergency. Far too many people don't have a thought-out, rehearsed plan for what to do if severe weather descends upon our area.
The best course of action to take is to err on the side of caution Expect the worst. Develop a plan for shelter, a plan on how to meet up with family members and most importantly, practice your plan. If you need help developing a plan or want more assistance in coming up with a plan, contact your local Emergency Management Agency. They can help you by answering questions and offering suggestions to help you be ready when you need to be.