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December 4, 2012

Snakes alive .... in December!


Somerset —

It was a nice day to be out. The weather during the first week of December has been gorgeous, flirting with high temperature records. Normally, a warm day in December is windy, even gusty. But these days have been perfect with bright sunshine, light winds and temperatures in the low 70s.
It’s about over; not the warmth, but showers are moving in. Dustin Harbage, meteorologist at the National Weather Service Office in Jackson, said the next normal December weather, with highs near 50 and lows near 30, should arrive next Tuesday and Wednesday.
Harbage said most of the rain will be in the northern part of the state. The Lake Cumberland area won’t get much, maybe a tenth to a quarter of an inch.
And now, a final note about wintertime snakes. This newspaper over the years has had numerous reports and photos of snakes coming out in winter, even with snow on the ground. Folklore has it that events such as thunder, earthquakes and the like, will wake a snake and put it to crawling. It hasn’t thundered for a spell, but we did have an earthquake back in November.

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