Thursday, December 26, 2019

Blessed Christmas & how long the mild temps stick around...

Last weekend was a Cleveland weekend to visit Dawn's family for their Christmas get-togethers.  I had an 18 mile run so I ran through the metro parks and Cleveland does a fantastic job keeping the trails clear.  Better than the sidewalks.
This was the farthest point on my run, the Berea Falls Scenic Overlook.  Gorgeous, but it was very cold for the run on Saturday morning.

Monday was warmer and, after work, we went to the Columbus Zoo to check out Wildlights. 
The weather was FANTASTIC!  
Obviously the kids loved it! "Smile for the camera, kids!"
Tuesday was Christmas Eve and a very foggy start to the day.  Summer and I went for a run and I answered all her questions.  Often we get caught up with the hustle and bustle of life.  Summer always has hundreds of questions, so it was a real treat to just spend that time answering all of her questions.  We talked about fog, Santa's summer travels, and why we need stop signs.
We attended the 1PM church service and Santa was even there! 
Christmas morning was a great time with the four of us.  Evan has a huge crush on Anna from Frozen.  He was VERY excited with the wrapping paper that had Anna's photo.  
My sister and parents came up for the afternoon.  We had a feast and the house was warm from all the cooking.  After eating we did gifts then Summer wanted to run around the backyard.  So we let her go outside and we all decided it was too nice to stay inside.  So Summer got to ride her new bike in the warm temps.  We actually reached 56° for the high.  There have only been 3 warmer Christmases recorded in Columbus:
1982: 63°
1964: 58
1955: 57

I understand most people want a White Christmas, but if we aren't going to have a White Christmas then I would LOVE a repeat of our weather from yesterday. 
Our mild temps will roll on for another four days! Today we may see a little early sun then becoming mostly cloudy with highs near 60, which will be more than 20 degrees above normal.  Tonight we stay warm with low temps around 50 and some light rain and sprinkles are possible overnight and for the first part of Friday.  Staying cloudy and mild on Friday with highs in the upper 50s.  The clouds do break up some late Friday and then getting chilly with lows in the upper 30s Friday night and Saturday morning.  But keep in mind... upper 30s should be our normal highs for the end of December, so still mild for December.  Mostly cloudy and warm on Saturday with highs back into the upper 50s.  Rain moves in Saturday night and rain is likely most of Sunday with highs around 60.   Winds will be brisk Sunday into Monday. Our temps then drop very quickly Sunday night and highs back in the upper 30s for the start of next week.  We could see some scattered wintry mix/snow showers on Monday.  Then chilly and dry for Tuesday and Wednesday for the end of 2019 and start of 2020.  Enjoy our mild temps before winter returns and have a good one!

Andrew Buck Michael

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