I guess the old saying “if you don’t like the weather, just wait a few minutes” is very appropriate for what we’ve seen over the past month. In just that short span, we’ve had weather that would typify all four seasons. Call it what you want …global warming, climate change or whatever, we’ve gone from shorts and short-sleeved shirts to insulated jackets and gloves all in the same week, sometimes the same day.
All this weather-related madness has made outdoor activities anything but normal. Whether it’s keeping up with lawn mowing, trying to plant vegetables and flowers, picking a good time to fish or turkey hunt, or just going for a leisurely hike, the clothing worn yesterday might very well be very inappropriate for tomorrow.
While snow isn’t all that unusual for the month of May in our area, to see it come on the heels of 80-something temperatures is unusual. And while our normal last date for a frost is late May. Hard frost occurring that late raises havoc with fruit-bearing trees in full blossom. As such, I’m not optimistic deer will be munching on apples this fall.
Anglers, whether fishing lakes or ponds, streams or rivers, have been fully confused about the rapidly changing weather as the fish they sought to catch. Most fish get rather lethargic during a cold snap and that translates to poor fishing/catching probabilities. Fishing the same waters that yielded good results a day or so prior might turn into a day of “washing your lines and lures” on another day.