April ‘showers’ lead to blizzard of the century


Leah Lehman

Normally, when we think of April showers, we have visions of rain bringing forth May flowers. That seems not to be the case in 2018. I happened to see a weather report on Friday the 13th that suggested some areas would be harder hit than others, and it would be the areas with thunder-snow. So, when I began to see lightning — and hear the crashing of thunder later that evening — I had an uneasy feeling.

Soon there seemed to be some sleet and, eventually, a whiteout of snow. When I woke on Saturday morning, the whipping wind was blowing around more snow, and I was hearing that Tigerton had 14 inches of snow with more to come. I thought about all the times these huge storms were forecasted but didn’t materialize, so I had my doubts.

I have a grandson who has been plowing my driveway this past winter. So I contacted him and said it didn’t matter to me if he cleaned it that day, or waited until Sunday. He said he’d be here that day as, by Sunday, there would be too much to handle.

A little later he told me that the plow truck broke, but he would still be coming with a snow blower. He did an amazing job on my driveway — especially the end, which gets plowed shut by the grader. It took him a long time due to the wet, compacted snow.

Unreal as it seemed, Sunday morning had the same howling wind and blowing snow. He came back in the afternoon and once more blew out the driveway. Meanwhile, a drift in front of my porch was as high as the porch railing. My mailbox wasn’t sticking up out of the snow by much.

As much as most of us would prefer not to get snow in April, at least we can say we lived through a once-in-a-lifetime, record-breaking blizzard. Tigerton had a total of 30.6 inches of snow, according to the last amount I saw. I wondered how anyone would know that because of the way it was blowing around; however, it seemed like we are buried in that white stuff.

By Monday, I thought I had to make a break out of the house for a while at least. So I traveled to Shawano for some groceries, lunch and an exercise break at Total Fitness. There I heard that some farmers had to dump out their milk, because the milk trucks could not get there to pick it up.

Later that evening, I heard that robins are being found starved to death, because they feed off the ground and don’t eat seed like other birds. So on Tuesday, I made a break to Wittenberg to pick up my prescriptions and go to the hardware store for more bird food. I had run out and had been just throwing old bread and crackers out the back door.

Then, I had to shovel part of the deck off, and I put the big feeder out for them. I hadn’t had that one out there the past couple of years, but this seemed like the right time. Of course, that black squirrel found it as well, but I guess he is one of God’s creatures also. The birds are enjoying it too, as well as the suet blocks I put out. I did get some meal worms for the robins, but they haven’t found them yet.

At this point, I believe I did all I could to take care of those birds (plus a squirrel) that can’t take care of themselves after the storm. Meanwhile, I am ready to see the warmer temperatures that are being promised for the weekend and the following week.

I feel certain that spring will come; it always has, and it will this year also. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says: “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” Verse 3:2b adds: “a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted.”