There is a rhythm to life in the South and it provides us with a normally short winter and long summer. But our moderate climate requires a period of real winter and below freezing temps to rid us of nasty pests like mosquitoes and Periplaneta Americana AKA Cockroach. But every once and a while we "skip winter" and so enjoy the warm spring like days and only a jacket required nights, because we will soon be under attack from buzzing pests and crawling bugs.
Just a reminder of what winter looks like.
Ramey Smyth arrives at the Nikolai checkpoint during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, in Nikolai, Alaska. (AP Photo/The Anchorage Daily News, Marc Lester
Pedestrians cross the street in downtown Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada as heavy snow falls on Tuesday, March, 6, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)