Last week we're basking in 60-degree temperatures. Ol' Morgan was tempted to raise high the windows and air out the domicile. And even take a respite out on the porch. But wait! We still are in the throes of winter.

Whoa! The Farmers Almanac didn't see this one coming. Ol' Morgan was aghast as he read, "Jan 22-29 Snow, then mild with rain. Jan. 30-31 Rain, snow."

And the ol' one actually broke out a short-sleeve shirt on the 27th!

Still confounded by prognostication and reality, the ol' one decided to speak with Dr. Jon Nese. He is the chief

meteorologist at the Franklin Institute's Weather Center in Philadelphia.

According to the good weather doctor, "Weather is variable and highly chaotic, especially where we live where there is cold air just to the north and warm air just to the south. We have equal access."

He adds that 100 miles to the east there is 3,000 miles of water, and 100 miles to the west, there is 3,000 miles of land. "All the ingredients are there for highly variable weather," he explains, noting that last week's temperature swings are really not uncommon for the Tri-County region.

But when a record-breaking temperature hits like last Tuesday at 72 degrees, and in January, folks feel they have to blame it on something. "Any meterological phenomenon that persists for more than a couple days, we blame it on the jetstream," says Dr. Jon, the behavior of which is, well, somewhat unpredictable. Thanks to last week's position of the jetstream as it dipped down into the middle of the U.S., "our air was coming from the southwest," he continues. "We had Texas air coming up and around the bend in the jetstream."

Well, no matter how much you bend someone's ear about the weather, there really isn't much we can do about it, except dress accordingly and hope the creek don't rise. But just remember, the calendar reads Feb.5.

Bend someone's ear? Now, the ol' one is pretty good at doing that. To a foreigner, that might mean something else. When we say things like "piece of cake" or "wet behind the ears" or "the other side of the tracks," we know what it means because we've been using those sayings for years.

Pity the foreigner who hears these idiomatic expressions for the first few times. Bend someone's ear and you could get into some trouble. Tell someone he or she is "wet behind the ears" and that person may go in pursuit of a towel. Refer to someone as coming from "the other side of the tracks" and you may get asked what railroad owns those tracks.

Such are the joys of idioms for Americans, and such is their confusion for foreign visitors. For ol' Morgan, just being in the ball park is close enough but don't let its green grass fool you.

And what about hearing things over the wireless? It could refer to cell phone technology or some other such high tech application. But for the ol' one, it means a crystal set or the venerable Heath kit.

Over the wireless came the forcast. Exaggerated reports to the contrary, winter was due to return. Quick! Close the window and pour another cup o' joe.

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