Tranquil times through early next week
I had chance to walk my dog Thursday morning along Parsons Beach in Kennebunk before work. It was beautiful, but it was chilly. The region will have another cold start on Friday before a ridge begins to build over the region and bring above normal temperatures back over the weekend and into the first of next week.
Outside of some snow over the Mid-Atlantic Thursday into early Friday, not much else is going on east of the Mississippi through the weekend.
Northern Maine sees a bitter cold start on Friday. As the ridge builds in, temps could rise to around 40° by Monday, 15° above the 30 year average of 25°.
For southern areas, temperatures head a bit further north. Southwest coastal areas may be flirting with 50° for a high on Monday. When it is all said and done, February will finish well above normal for mean temperature.
Our next storm appears in the Wednesday/Thursday time frame. For now, it appears to be a mixed bag with snow for the interior and potential mix along the coast, but it's too far out to go into much detail on timing or amounts. A better idea will come by the first of next week.
Our family has experienced yet another loss. Basil here was our long time companion. She passed away peacefully at home Monday evening. Where we had four furry friends in our home in 2017, we're now down to two. The house is a bit bigger today with out her. Personally, I am tired of the losses of six family members and now two pets since November 2016. What gets drilled into me is life is short. There is no time for resentment, bitterness, and anger. If you are going through difficult times, understand that it will pass. Take the obstacles in life and create opportunities from them. Learn more about yourself and others. Ask for help. Understand that others have gone through similar situations. Share your struggles with others. Happiness is an inside job. Keep working on it. Be good to yourselves, and to others.
I will be focusing on family and my school work through the weekend. I will update here if I have time, and if necessary.
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