NE Georgia here. You know, you're right. And I was totally blind till I read this..
Wednesday morning, I was sitting at the computer in my office and opened the blind by my desk to watch the sun rise. Right outside the window is an
unused wrought iron bird cage that I actually use for plants in the srping. Right past that is the overhang where we used to hang bird feeders.
Sometimes, the birdfood would scatter to the top of the cage, and the birds and squirrels became wise to this. They would usually tackle the top of
the cage before approaching the birdfeeder, I am guessing because it was just easier.
As I was gazing out the window watching the sun come up, a pretty, fattened robin came to the railing and went to the birdcage. It climbed up to the
top seemingly scouring it for seed. Then, it hopped to the railing where the feeder used to hang (I quit putting it out about 3 years ago now). It
seemed perplexed that there was no food, chirped a few times, then flew off.
The robin here is a herald of spring. We, like you, have been snowed in since Sunday, I still have some 2 inches or so of snow, more in shaded areas,
with no hopes of even slight warming till Friday. Our second serious snowfall in 3 weeks, as well, after just having the first White Christmas since
the late 1800's.
I don't even know why it didn't sink in, but that robin was so totally out of place! The fact it was so obviously looking for food made me even
consider replacing the birdfeeder and keeping it full. Now this is making me think something is odd, too!
Now, I grew up in Georgia, been here almost all of my life. I am familiar with the weather behaving this way. I think people that are younger perhaps
remember more the cyclical 10 year drought, perhaps. I remember lots and lots of snow storms, and ice stroms, in particular.
Some of the more memorable ones:
1973 - Ice Storm- Ice fell in Atlanta and north Georgia, followed by an unusual 96 hour below freezing period. Restoring power took more than a week.
1973 - More snow for Georgia as a storm dumps up to 18 inches in the northeast
Snow Jam 1982- January 11 - 4 inches of snow in about 30 mins brings interstates to a total halt - took me 4 1/2 hours to go 1/4 mile. This large,
unpredicted snowfall paralyzed Atlanta and surrounding areas. The storm track took the heaviest amount of snow over Atlanta and hit in the afternoon,
stranding thousands of commuters Lasted two days
1984 - 8 inches of snow overnight in April, postpones tax day for one week - snow on the ground for 5 days
2000, January 22-23 virtually all of north Georgia turned into a winter wonderland
Blizzard - 1993 - March - 50 mile an hour winds, below zero wind chills, 8 inches to 1 foot of snow - 12 foot snow drifts - city paralyzed for a
I think the drought cycles are much more devastating, and perhaps have more far reaching effects like long term water usage bans and restrictions,
much more long term media play, too.
1976 – 78
1980 – 82
1985 – 89
1998 until 2003, with a brief respite in 2000-2001
2007 began in 2006, ending 2009
It is my understanding in Georgia that we have 4 year, 7 year, 10 year and 25 year drought cycles, but the last one, ending in 2009 was one of the
worst I remember.