Bad enough that lousy weather robbed us of a summer. Here in the Northeast, we lost all of June to clouds and rain. July was touch and go, and then there were a couple of uncomfortably humid weeks in August. That was it! Now it's mid-October, and already the unbelievable has happened: it has snowed.
We're not talking about accumulation here, but the typical high for this time of year is in the low 60s. Instead, temperatures are flirting with the freezing point, the wind is whipping, and the skies are gray. And there were the snowflakes, drifting to the ground before melting on contact.
Mother Nature really needs to get her head in the game. Fall should be the best season. The air should be crisp and invigorating. The sunlight should be warm and amber colored. We should be able to spend hours admiring the foliage without bundling up like the kid in A Christmas Story.
It's not all bad news. Sunday River, the ski resort in Maine, actually opened a trail this week, beating their previous early opening record by 13 days. Other northerly resorts also received natural snowfall, and are using colder temperatures to make snow. It may be miserable outside right now, but mental pictures like this one will keep me warm:
How's the weather where you are? Are you ready for winter?