Joe Foy gets some fishing in with his dogs Mollie and Shortie, not pictured, Wednesday at Loudy-Simpson Park during a break in the rainy weather.

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Joe Foy gets some fishing in with his dogs Mollie and Shortie, not pictured, Wednesday at Loudy-Simpson Park during a break in the rainy weather.

A lingering winter

Craig residents, weather specialists look at winter and spring seasons

— Randy Call has lived in Craig for more than 30 years.

He's seen dry winters, wet winters, hard winters.

And as for this winter?

"It's just been long," he said. "I'm plumb full of it."

He's not alone.

Kandee Dilldine, KS Kreations co-owner and life-long Craig resident, said she's ready for warmer weather.

But, she's not expecting temperatures to remain consistently warmer until summer, she added.

Recent temperatures haven't given her and other Craig residents chance to hope for much more.

This year's winter has been colder and longer than that of recent years, said Graham Roberts, Trapper Mine environmental health and safety specialist.

Roberts recorded 6.5 inches of snowfall and 0.62 inches of precipitation in April.

"I hope it kind of lets up," he said during a brief snow flurry Thursday afternoon, adding that no snow had accumulated from the storm at that time.

March was "kind of dry," Roberts said. The 1.24 inches of precipitation recorded last month fell short of the month's 30-year average, which was 1.4 inches.

Still, by March 9 of last year, all the snow had melted from the mine site southwest of Craig, he said.

"My gut instinct is it's been a little cooler" than previous years, Roberts said as he pulled up temperature records.

The numbers proved his instinct was correct.

On the first of the month, the station recorded a low of minus 1.

"That's pretty cold for April," Roberts said. "Last winter wasn't nearly as severe.

"We had a couple weeks in the 50s and 60s in March of last year," he said. "This month, we hit 56, 60 degrees only a couple of days," he said.

Climate predictions indicate a break in low temperatures may be coming.

Odds favor above-average temperatures for May and June, or the remainder of the spring runoff, Pringle said, adding that near-normal temperatures are forecast for the rest of the month.

Pringle said he is enjoying the recent weather.

"We've had so much weather where it's hot and dry" during winter months, he said. "It's a nice change.

Although newcomers may think this winter has been long and wet, "Had they been here the past eight winters : they'd say this is kind of a nice change," Pringle said.

Call and Dilldine have their own thoughts on the winter season.

Call, City of Craig Road and Bridge director, has seen worse, he said, adding that the winter of 1983-84 stands out in his mind.

"We had a lot more snow over a short period of time" that winter compared to this year, he said.

Still, he's yet to see a winter last as long as this year's snowy season has.

This winter, city snowplows have been on the street about four times more than they were last year, he said.

"It's probably the longest (winter) I've seen," he said. "The weather hasn't warmed up as it usually does in March and April."

This winter hasn't brought many surprises to Dilldine.

Dilldine said the winter weather hasn't impacted business. Her sales January through March this year are about the same as they were last year, she said.

This winter "reminds me of winters we had as kids," she said, "except that we had snow in November" in earlier years.

And April snow flurries don't come as a surprise to Dilldine.

"You don't know what (the weather) is going to bring - that's spring," she said.

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