We start our Monday with a Wind Advisory in effect from 5 AM today through 5 AM Tuesday. Southeast winds at 20 to 35 mph with gusts of 40 to 45 mph maybe even 50 mph are expected from early Monday morning through the overnight. Numerous showers and thunderstorms ahead of an approaching cold front will slowly spread across the region during the day and especially in the evening. Locally heavy rain and lightning will be its main hazards overnight Monday night. Another line of storms develops from mid-morning to early afternoon Tuesday as the front moves through. A few strong to isolated severe storms cannot be ruled out, with gusty winds and hail the main hazards. Rainfall amounts of an inch to an inch and a half will be possible, especially in some of the stronger storms.

Cooler air arrives behind the front with lows near freezing Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Then the cold air shifts east, allowing for a mild warmup to ensue by week`s end. Then we start the process all over again. As I look at the pattern starting to emerge, you get the sense that something is about to change. We all know that the severe storms will come again. We have been through an unusually quiet spell. But soon the thunder and lightning will return to let us know that Mother Nature can still show her fury. It looks like the change to warmer temperatures and stormy weather will begin after April 7th give or take a couple of days.

A Thought. Some folks say I get too involved with the weather during this time of year. But I don’t know how to be anything other than intense. There is too much at stake. I don’t know how to experience without feeling too much and thinking too much. I am a chronic over thinker. I can’t just sit still and quiet my mind. I am always searching…always questioning…struggling to find the meaning in everything and trying to stay ahead of the next storm. I am passionate and deep, and I hate to be that way. But without it, I worry that I will lose my edge. I can see into the heart of people which can sometimes be a curse. I enjoy looking at the stars at night and gazing at the full moon. But I am who I am and God loves me…so I’m okay with being me.