I don’t know about where you live, but here in Missouri our normal winter never showed up. We’ve had some cold days, a few flurries of snow, but mainly we’ve had late fall/early spring weather this whole time.
I’m not sure I’m okay with this. It makes me a little wary about spring. Last spring and summer we had a lot of extreme weather in Missouri. We went from rain, rain, rain to tornados, to drought all in the span of a couple months. Besides the obvious impact of tornados on many people in their path, the rain and drought had a big impact on farmers in our area.
We bought a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share from a local farm last year, and they told us they had to plant their corn four different times because of the weather. They also had losses in the last summer months because it basically NEVER rained.
I’m a big believer in climate change (sorry, Grandpa) and so I do worry about these extremes we’re seeing. Still, it’s given me some inspiration for my current WIP that I’m calling Country Store WIP. The hero is a farmer, and I think he’s going to have to experience some of that extreme weather we had last year, maybe even a tornado.