I’ve lived in New England my entire life, all 24 years I’ve been on this Earth. I like where I live, and I know I should explore more of the area than I have because there are a lot of historical places to visit plus some other fun stuff.
New Englanders are known for being obnoxious Patriots fans, our fall foliage, Dunkin’, and saying “wicked” a lot. Oh, and, our ridiculous weather.
We experience all four seasons throughout the year: winter, spring, summer, and fall. And if we’re lucky enough, we experience all four in the same week!
For example: last week was the fourth week of January. It’s definitely winter here, and yeah, it gets cold. We’re used to it. The weekend before we got a snowstorm—only our second significant snowfall of the season so far—and after that storm, a cold front came through. IT WAS TWO DEGREES ON MONDAY. THAT’S TWO DEGREES MORE THAN ZERO DEGREES.
Now I’m sure most New Englanders think they have thick skin and can withstand chilly temperatures. But you also have to take into account the wind and the “feels like” temperature. It was at least ten degrees below zero. It was COLD.
On Thursday, it rained all day. I’ll let you guess what the temperature was.
What are some of your best guesses?
IT WAS 50 DEGREES.
It was literally TWO degrees outside three days before. The rain washed away most of the ~10 inches of snow that were on the ground, and it made everything mucky and mushy.
Now that I work on a college campus and travel outside to various buildings throughout the day, I have to get back into the groove of dressing for the outside. I wore my Bean Boots into work every day last week and brought flats to wear in the office because I had to trudge through the parking lot in the slush and muck and didn’t want to ruin my shoes. (Bean Boots are one of the best investments I’ve made. I got them four years ago and use them as my winter and rain boots. I have the shorter ones.)
It looks like the weather is back to normal for this week: temperatures in the mid-30s before dropping down to the high teens/low-20s by the end of the week. I keep all of my winter stuff handy but also by in-between-winter-and-spring stuff handy, too. You can’t completely put everything away because you can’t trust Mother Nature.
I just want it to be 70 degrees and slightly breezy. That’s all I ask for.
What’s the weather like where you are? What have you heard about New England’s weather? Are you over winter as much as I am?