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When will this ever end???

Charley Najacht
Published: Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

I don’t think I’m alone in looking forward to an early spring in the Southern Black Hills. We deserve it. Our winter started last Oct. 4 with 16-18 inches of snow and has gone from bad to worse with these cold temperatures in the minus 20s. Some living west and northwest of Custer have even reported temps in the minus 30s range. When it did warm up a little bit in January, the wind came up and made it just as miserable. We can’t seem to catch a break.
I’ve visited with people who have lived her all or most of their lives and they can’t remember a winter like this with such sustained long cold spells. This is our 15th winter here and we can’t remember one like this either. In our more than 15 years living in Hot Springs it never got anywhere near as cold for as long as it has this winter.
Maybe we have all gotten a little soft after experiencing such relatively mild winters for the past several years in Custer County. We have always had a warming period of temperatures in the 50s and 60s during the months of January or February. I think it was God’s way of giving both his four-legged and two-legged creatures a break so the former could find something to eat and the latter could preserve what sanity they had left.
I have to admit that I am not a big fan of cold weather anymore. After experiencing my share of it in Wisconsin and eastern and western South Dakota, I have had enough. I never did get into ice fishing or snow skiing because I was never very good at either one. The so-called snow sports no longer hold any attraction to me. Norma, yes. Me, no.

I don’t think I’m alone in looking forward to an early spring in the Southern Black Hills. We deserve it. Our winter started last Oct. 4 with 16-18 inches of snow and has gone from bad to worse with these cold temperatures in the minus 20s. Some living west and northwest of Custer have even reported temps in the minus 30s range. When it did warm up a little bit in January, the wind came up and made it just as miserable. We can’t seem to catch a break.

I’ve visited with people who have lived her all or most of their lives and they can’t remember a winter like this with such sustained long cold spells. This is our 15th winter here and we can’t remember one like this either. In our more than 15 years living in Hot Springs it never got anywhere near as cold for as long as it has this winter.

Maybe we have all gotten a little soft after experiencing such relatively mild winters for the past several years in Custer County. We have always had a warming period of temperatures in the 50s and 60s during the months of January or February. I think it was God’s way of giving both his four-legged and two-legged creatures a break so the former could find something to eat and the latter could preserve what sanity they had left.

I have to admit that I am not a big fan of cold weather anymore. After experiencing my share of it in Wisconsin and eastern and western South Dakota, I have had enough. I never did get into ice fishing or snow skiing because I was never very good at either one. The so-called snow sports no longer hold any attraction to me. Norma, yes. Me, no.

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