The sun shines down brilliantly on Illinois farmland between Trenton and Summerfield. It's said that if you don't like the weather in Illinois, you should stick around, because it'll change. Hard to believe that last Sunday was so snowy and cold. The polar vortex dropped down and turned southwest Illinois – just 25 miles east of St. Louis, Mo. – into a rather Arctic scene. Today, only one week later, the deep snow and below-zero temperatures are gone. The forecast for today in St. Louis calls for sunshine and a high around 55. The concrete and steel of the city help hold in more heat, so it will be a little cooler out in this field of downed corn stalks. But cheery, bright sunshine and temperatures in the mid-50s? Nice!
T.E. Griggs is a writer, editor and photographer and a retired U.S. Marine.