On and Off The Mountain-Stephanie Grubert

March arrived with a messy Nor’easter Friday March 2, the second day of Meteorological Spring. The storm dumped nearly two inches of rain and another 7.2 inches of snow before tapering off and hammering Mountaintop with 40 mile per hour winds on Saturday. Tom Clark’s weekly weather review gives us all the stats. He says we are due for our usual 60” snow average in 2018. We’ve got more than three weeks left in March to keep the record climbing.

Last week’s storm hammered the Northeast causing thousands of power outages in Lackawanna, Monroe, Susquehanna, and Wayne Counties, according information released by PPL. For the most part Luzerne County was spared, but the storm could have caused trees to fall and other damage.

Thousands of flights all along the storm’s path were cancelled delaying travel for days. It unfortunately is part of dealing with winter. People are going to travel for business and pleasure and the risk is always there.

Crestwood Girls Basketball

The Friday storm cancelled District II championship games, which were rescheduled for Sunday. The Crestwood Girls Basketball team played Saturday coming within 3 points overtaking defending champion Abington Heights in the 5A division, before falling back to finish second 51-45. The game was not Crestwood’s final hurrah for the 2018 season. The Lady Comets will advance to the PIAA Championships this week facing Susquehannock High School at a place and time to be announced. It will be the first time the Crestwood Girls have played in the state championship tournament since 1984. Congratulations to the Crestwood Girls and their coach Ed Stepanski on a thrilling season.

Spring Ahead

The first day of spring is coming up in less than two weeks on Tuesday March 20. Also known as the Vernal Equinox, the day the Sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal –but not quite. In Mountaintop we will officially welcome spring Monday, March 20, 2018 at 12:15 pm EDT. We will have total daylight of 12 hours and 7 minutes with Sunrise at 7:07 a. m. and Sunset at 7:15 p. m. A month later we will enjoy an additional 1.5 hours of total daylight. The light is coming!

Speaking of Eastern Daylight Time, this weekend we change our clocks. When we go to bed Saturday March 10 the clocks will be set ahead one hour. “Spring ahead, Fall back” is one way of remembering. They say we “lose” an hour, which really is no different than traveling to another time zone. Our hours are all still there.

I have been enjoying rising to daylight for most of the past month. Those dark cold dead of winter mornings were tough in December.

Exciting Golf There was some exciting PGA

Golf Sunday afternoon when Phil Mickelson beat Justin Thomas in a playoff to end his five-year winless drought at the WGC-Mexico Championship. Mickelson last won the British Open in 2013. Now 47 years old, Mickelson is a fan favorite. His win this week over strong 24-year-old Justin Thomas was especially sweet. Golf is a game of highs and lows, wins and losses, ecstasy and agony. It’s a lot of fun too.

It could happen any time in March. With some dry warmer days Blue Ridge Trail Golf Course can suddenly be open for business. I am looking forward to the 2018 season playing in the Blue Ridge Ladies Tuesday Evening League. Co-Presidents Tina Sabo and Joann licizShimanski are meeting this week to get the program squared away for a possible April 3 Ice Breaker and organizational meeting. The Eagle will publicize the details soon.