Will the winter of 2015-16 come to be known, locally, as the winter that wasn't? The next 3 weeks will answer that question, as spring officially arrives here on March 19. Just consider the high temperature readings for the past two weeks. Pratt had only two days on which temperatures didn't rise out of [...]

Will the winter of 2015-16 come to be known, locally, as the winter that wasn't? The next 3 weeks will answer that question, as spring officially arrives here on March 19.
Just consider the high temperature readings for the past two weeks. Pratt had only two days on which temperatures didn't rise out of the 30s. On six days, the high temperature ranged somewhere in the 50s; four days recorded highs in the 60s. We had a high of 72 on February 10 and the thermometer recorded 82 degrees Fahrenheit on February 18. Comparatively, according to Intellicast.com, the average high temperature in Pratt for February 10-23 ranges between 49 and 54 degrees Fahrenheit.
Perhaps what has been most notable about this winter has been its relative lack of precipitation. I am not complaining, but, like a lot of other folks around here, I am praying for precipitation. With windy days and warming temperatures, the soil"and all that grows within it"is drying out.
Anyway, for a good portion of the past week, it seemed that California didn't have anything on us, weather-wise. Winter, ignoring an ice storm or two, has been easy on us this year. You might have well just left the snow shovel in the garage. However, the common refrain often heard around here these days is, Eventually, we'll have to pay for it.
My hope is that the debt doesn't come due in July and August.