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Anyone who’s grown up in New England knows that at any given point in time the weather can change. A few weeks ago around 3pm I was headed to the Post Office listening to Bankie Banx (one of our favorite Anguillan musicians) dreaming about when I can visit my favorite beach island when all of a sudden my cell phone started blaring the emergency broadcast system noise - it gave me such a jolt! Looking outside, it made no sense why there would be a weather alert. Except for a few dark clouds off in the distance, the sun was out and it was a spectacular day, so what was the big emergency? I pulled over to read the text that accompanied the broadcast; it said there was a “tornado watch” and “heavy downpours” were possible in my area. I honestly thought the IP address was wrong again on my phone - it sometimes thinks I reside in Massachusetts somewhere, but a closer look revealed the gps to be accurate, it said “Connecticut” . Then, a few miles down the road the sky was getting darker and darker and the wind became intense. Despite the warning, I proceeded to finish my errands. I made it home in time to collect all the patio cushions and move the hanging plants. The trees were bending all around me and debris was flying. Within an hour the fast moving storm passed by leaving us with our second major power outage of the year (6 days for this last one,) sunny skies, and a mess to clean up outside. Mark Twain said “if you don’t like the weather in New England, just wait a few minutes-” perfectly put... I think we all thrive on the changing seasons and weather here. I’m excited for my favorite season, fall. It can bring us an interesting mix of snow, sleet, freezing rain, slush, spring-like temperatures, high winds, sunny days and temperatures that can swing 50-degrees in 24 hours. As crazy as this sounds, everyone just rolls with it here.
With fall officially starting in just six days, it’s also a signal for people to start thinking about the winter weather which is only three months away. Yesterday, I was waiting outside the doctor’s office waiting for my Uncle to come out, and a friendly woman sitting on a bench near me started sharing the winter weather predictions she heard about which were recently posted by Farmer’s Almanac. Then, a gentleman chimed in about a slightly different forecast posted by the “Old Almanac.” You see, there’s the “Old Farmers Almanac” and the newer “Farmer’s Almanac.” These two individuals were quite invested in the predictions- curious, I decided to look them up myself. I included their website links if you want more details, but here are the New England highlights in case you are interested:
Winter 2021 per the Old Farmer’s Almanac:
“For the United States, we predict that recent warming trends will dominate in the eastern and northern parts of the United States in the coming winter, with below-normal average temperatures limited to the western portion of the nation. Most of Canada will have a cold and snowy winter. However, rising temperature trends mean that the winter will not bring extreme cold; instead, it will be closer to normal. Uncommonly chilly temperatures will be limited mostly to the western states and northeastern New England. Specifically, winter will be colder than normal in Maine; the Intermountain…”
Winter 2021 according to the Farmer’s Almanac:
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the snow will be returning to New England this year. “Remember last year’s almost snow-free winter in the Northeast? Well, this year their prediction is very different, with the possibility of a blizzard hitting the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states during the second week of February. This storm may bring up to 1-2 feet of snow to cities from Washington, D.C. to Boston, Massachusetts!” Weather is a big deal in New England and the thrill and excitement of changing weather is a lot like the enthusiasm of the change of seasons, it fuels the soul. In my house, Matt has three different thermometers in various windows and he’s not alone. New Englanders obsess with tracking the weather and preparing for a good storm. Our local hardware merchants certainly love it!
Whatever the weather brings us in 2021, it has to be better than our 2020 struggles. The snow, rain, sleet, hail, cold weather is no match for determination and spirit. And remember, if you don’t like the weather, don’t worry, just wait a few minutes, it will change!
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