Friday, May 2, 2014

Spring Storm Over Michigan's Thumb

The Thumb of Michigan got rains this week -- cold, spring rains. One of the storms that eventually brought moisture hung out over Saginaw Bay on Tuesday night and produced an evening display of lightning and thunder. Here is the leading edge of that storm, looking like it is on an adolescent high and headed for trouble.

The ground is still pretty cold. Some farm equipment is moving as farmers are eager to be planting. Gardeners are less enthusiastic yet since crawling and kneeling and tilling brings one much closer to the still very chilled soil.

As I write on May 2, on Friday, the ships that were anchored at the foot of Lake Huron have been passing by the lake house one by one. Today, as I drove north along M-25, I noticed a car pulled to the side of the road. The driver had stopped to take a cellphone photo of the snowbanks along the bluffs.

It is a cold spring in the Thumb.

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