Goodbye. Adios. Sayõnara. Toodle-oo.
However you want to say it, we are happy the month of February is over.
Toasting to that are those carriers who deliver The Lima News in the darkness of night as well as postal carriers who drop off your mail. The month saw them enduring bitter cold, snow and freezing rain. We appreciated their dedication, and they your patience when those weather calamities slowed them down.
The month began with the Lima region digging out of 3 to 5 inches of snow. Then, the very next day, Punxsutawney Phil —the nation’s foremost weather expert — saw his shadow.
True to the groundhog’s legend, baby it got cold outside.
Lima saw 16 straight days in February when the high temperature never climbed above freezing, and 20 straight day where the low temperature was below 20 degrees.
Five times during the month we recorded the coldest temperature in the state, according to AccuWeather, and seven times we were in single digits.
Super Bowl weekend brought us super cold. That Saturday was the coldest day of the month — 2 degrees — with game day on Sunday only warming up to 8 degrees. And let’s not forget the 10- to 14-inches of snow that buried us after Valentine’s Day.
So farewell February. Good riddance.
March has arrived and we’re living the dream. Although windy with some rain, yesterday saw temperatures inching toward the 60-degree mark. It’s supposed to be in the 40s and 50s all week.
What’s not to like?
Plenty, according to Bob Smerbeck, a meteorologist from AccuWeather.
He says the Lima region will be receiving a visit from a weather pattern called “La Nina,” which means little girl in Spanish. Don’t be fooled, though. She’s no sweet little thing. Some refer to her as the sibling rival of the more familiar and kinder “El Nino.” Beware as she comes rolling over the Rocky Mountains and drags her feet across the Midwest.
According to Smerbeck, La Nina will likely be holding hands with severe weather throughout the spring and summer, if not longer. That could mean anything from snow and hail to heavy thunderstorms or tornadoes, he said.
As far as March goes, you may want to have both your lawnmower and snow blower gassed up and ready to go. And, don’t be surprised if the damaging storms continue into April. For you farmers, spring planting could be delayed with fields not drying out until well into May, Smerbeck stated.
In other words, it sounds like we’re going to have one of those spring seasons in the Midwest where anything goes. The only thing you can count on will be that you can’t count on anything.
“This is one of those cases where I wouldn’t mind if my forecast is wrong,” said Smerbeck, “but I don’t think it is.”
ROSES AND THORNS: A familiar Plugger is spotted in the rose garden.
Rose: She’s at it again. For the 15th time, Mrs. Plugger, Sondra Dreitzler of Cridersville, had an idea published in the nationally-syndicated comic strip “Pluggers.” On Wednesday, she reminded us not to ask a Plugger how he is, unless you really want to know.
Rose: To Allen County Health Commissioner Kathy Luhn, who will be retiring in September after 33 years with Allen County Public Health.
Rose: To Melody Gallaspie, a 14-year-old eighth-grader who attends Elida Middle School. She won this year’s Allen County Spelling Bee by spelling chihuahua then conglomerate correctly.
Rose: To Natalie Koenig, who broke the Miller City High School girls basketball career scoring record when she dropped in 31 points against Fort Jennings to give her 1,322 career points.
Rose: Lima Mayor David Berger testified before the U.S. House of Representatives about the costly water and wastewater projects in which cities like Lima must comply to meet federal water quality standards.
Thorn: Lima’s lack of a spec building kept it from being considered for an Amazon distribution center that went to Findlay.
Thorn: A rough week for Lima mayoral candidates: Autumn Swanson faces OVI charges; it is learned Joshua Hayes had a felony arrests for marijuana possession and is on probation; and Elizabeth Hardesty finds out when reading The Lima News there will be a hearing about her residency.
PARTING SHOT: Behind every successful man is a woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.
Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News. Contact him at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.