Wednesday, January 12, 2011

New England Weather

I have lived in New England all of my life. So snow really comes as no shock to me. Honestly none of the weather really should come to a shock to me. As the saying goes if you don't like the weather wait a minute. I must admit we've had some pretty extreme weather around here recently though. And I guess from time to time that happens. We get a little bit of everything, but sometimes it's a lot of everything.

This summer we had a tornado. I had actually never experienced that before. It was kind of freaky. We've had some extreme heat followed very closely by an extreme drop in temperature. Again pretty typical of New England weather. And up until recently our winter has been pretty mild. It had gotten really cold and then it would warm up for a few days and then the temperatures would plummet again, but again all pretty typical New England weather. We strangely didn't have any snow until after Christmas this year though. Usually there's some snow on the ground at Christmas time. What was actually strange was to hear some down south friends talking about all this snow they were getting. Then right after Christmas we got hit with a blizzard. It wasn't all bad though. Nothing we haven't dealt with before. And true to New England weather we ended up warming up about a week later and much of that snow ended up melting. Only to be replaced by more snow a week after that. Hit by another big storm. And now an even bigger storm has just tackled us. The storm that completely crippled the south with 6 inches of snow moved up the coast and hit us last night into today dumping 20 inches of snow on us. That is a big snow fall even for this seasoned New Englander. However, as they were telling us of this storm I had this hope in my mind that it wouldn't cause any problems for the Thursday morning commute. It was supposed to start late Tuesday night which it did. Dump snow quickly on us and be done by Wednesday around noon. And that's exactly what happened.

So school was canceled for today understandably so. It was a rough snow day with kids fighting and bickering all day. I desperately need them to be back in school tomorrow. I've got an appointment that I can't change and really one that I shouldn't be lugging 3 children along with me to. When the snow for the most part stopped at noon though I thought oh yeah we'll be good for tomorrow. The kids will be back. No such luck. I watched the list grow to finally include our town in the closures for tomorrow. I guess because it's so cold and the roads are going to be icy that's why they've done this. And really canceled or delayed neither one really helps me as my appointment is first thing in the morning. This is life in New England though. I guess I should be used to it. So Joe goes back to work tomorrow, and I go about the things I have to do only with the kids in tow. Lets just hope they are more cooperative tomorrow than they have been today and we have no more hitting each other with hammers. Yes, that actually happened today. This winter which started out really slow is certainly shaping into a big snow winter for New England. Records were broken with todays storm they are saying. It will be very cold and very sunny tomorrow though. So see, if you don't like the weather just wait a minute. There really is something for everyone when it comes to New England weather!