Whenever friends or family start discussing our winter weather, I always remind them that some of our worst weather in North Texas often happens in February. Well, February of 2021 certainly proved that to be a fact!
We were almost to the middle of the month when the North Pole came for a visit. For almost a week the temperature did not get above freezing. In fact, it stayed in the single digits most of the time. I have never been so cold for so long in all my life.
Usually, our cold spells last only a couple of days. The temperature may even get down into the teens, but after a short spell, the sun comes out, and we are back to comfortable. Not this time!
Add to that the sporadic off and on of the electricity. This power is crucial to operating our heating systems. Need I say more?
But this post is not about the weather. It is about the dichotomy between what we might have expected from such severe weather, as opposed to what actually happened.
From an early age I have been told that we need a quick, hard freeze to kill off pesky insects, such as flies. This was the quickest, hardest freeze I can remember, but if you ask our animals who live outside, they will tell you it didn’t work. There seem to be as many flies this year as ever.
The other strange effect was what happened to our plants. We expected many of our plants would not survive such a long period of freezing. We did, indeed, lose some plants, but the plants that survived, seem more robust than ever.
Our Live Oak trees that have been around for over ten years struggled to recuperate, whereas a very young Maple, and an equally young Elderberry flourished. The pollinator habitat in front of our house was cut back after the freeze, but its recovery is remarkable.
The more involved we become with nature, the more amazed we are. There are definite strengths and weaknesses to be sure. As soon as we think we understand, Mother Nature says, “Oh yeah, watch this.”