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RYAN BAKKEN: Coping with a spring infernal

I watched the Masters Sunday, which isn't exactly breaking news. I'm a golfer, so obviously I'm interested in pro golf's premier event. Also, I may have been involved in a Masters pool, which I can neither confirm nor deny because such gambling i...

Ryan Bakken
Ryan Bakken

I watched the Masters Sunday, which isn't exactly breaking news.

I'm a golfer, so obviously I'm interested in pro golf's premier event. Also, I may have been involved in a Masters pool, which I can neither confirm nor deny because such gambling is illegal. Let's just say that Masters pools are almost as popular as the NCAA men's basketball brackets.

Not that I'm pleading the Fifth Amendment.

Beyond watching the players and watching the leader board, I had a third motivation Sunday: Watching the weather. If you can't experience sunny and warm, you can watch it.

Alas, the weather in Augusta, Ga., and on my TV screen was rain. What? It hardly ever rains at the Masters. The normal environment is shirtsleeves, chirping birds and sunshine.

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Still, watching sprinkles was far superior to what we've been enduring the past month. I'm about to snap. So, watch out John Wheeler.

Long-time residents of this area tolerate winters because we're geared up for them. Any nice day in December, January and February is considered a bonus. However, in March we expect a few nice days as a harbinger of spring. And, in April, we expect genuine spring.

Alas, we're in mid-April without a sliver of spring. Worse yet is that snow is still on the ground and river crests are weeks away, so we're at least a month away before any spring that can be enjoyed. And, that's only if spring starts now, if not yesterday.

Too warm to too wet

Please forgive my weather obsession. It's a product of old age.

When I was younger, I believed the time devoted to weather on the nightly local news was excessive. Tell me if I need a jacket, raincoat or suntan lotion tomorrow and be done with it, leaving more time for baseball scores, Ernie the Angler and naysayer Terry Bjerke.

Now that Medicare is on my horizon, I can't get enough weather. And, for sure, I can't get enough good weather.

It was only a few months ago that we were worried about a drought that could hurt farmers, among others. Too much sunshine and too many hot days -- dating back to mid-March of 2012, when I already was golfing -- had us fretting about crops and not sweating about flooding.

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Times have changed quickly and dramatically, once again bringing new meaning to the adage of being careful about what you wish for.

Reach Bakken at (701) 780-1125; (800) 477-6572, ext. 1125; or send e-mail to rbakken@gfherald.com .

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