Springtime… and snow?

Snow falls on Wisconsin, flags beating against the wind

Snow falls on Wisconsin, flags beating against the wind

It’s a winter wonderland in Wisconsin again today… in April!!

It’s true, we officially got slammed with another record-setting snowfall yesterday (April 11). Madison received 5.3 inches and Milwaukee got 7 inches.

It’s hard to believe that we had an 80-degree (Fahrenheit) day last week Monday. Temperatures plummeted into the 40’s by the middle of the week. We were freezing again by Tuesday evening.

But very few places closed. I made it to both jobs yesterday. I think it’s because we’re so used to snow. The county was ready for it, despite getting the lawn tractors ready for the anticipated warmer weather that we usually see this time of year.

The last time I saw snow this late was on May 2, 2004. I woke up that morning and looked out the window to see snow coming down. That was the night that I saw Godsmack and Metallica at the Colliseum in Madison.

When I was in high school, I also experienced a strange snow day. On May 10, 1990, we got a dose of snow that closed many schools… except mine. When I arrived home from school that day, my friends were all outside in shorts throwing snowballs at each other.

Although they didn’t close the office and I had to work yesterday, it seemed unusual to have snow in April. But then again, it’s Wisconsin… the weather here is unusual half the time.

 

Prairie oak tree covered with snow

Prairie oak tree covered with snow

 

Snow covers tree and ground in my backyard

Snow covers tree and ground in my backyard

My car (Ford Escort) covered in snow

My car (Ford Escort) covered in snow

Flags flying in the wind day after April snowfall

Flags flying in the wind day after April snowfall

Wisconsin State Journal article: Record snow gums up spring day

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