Winter or Spring Already?

It’s February 26th.  Usually, around this time of year, I am wishing that it was summer already.  It’s usually cold, blustery, and miserable. However, this year, it’s like it’s already spring.  We have a few cold spells every now and then, but most of the time its 50 degrees and up.  I can walk places without a jacket, and people are already spending time in the courtyard of Shirley Hall.  Any other year, I would be ecstatic about this weather.  The grass is turning green, the birds are singing, and the sun is almost always shining.  But after this summer, I have to say, I’m a little worried.  We had a record-breaking drought this summer, that scared many people.  With hardly any rain and record highs, many farmers suffered great losses.  My mother works for the United States Department of Agriculture, and she has told me that this drought is only supposed to continue.  We have had some good snows this winter, but it hasn’t been enough to cancel out the damage from this summer.

My thinking is this, if it is this warm in February, how hot is it going to be in July?  It’s never too early to start thinking about conserving water.  If we all do our part, we can make this tough time for West Texas a little easier.

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