We have a joke here in Ohio: If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes. It’s one of those things where it’s funny ’cause it’s true – the weather ’round here is notorious for it’s sudden changes. I remember once a few years ago waking up with the heat on & needing to turn the air conditioner on in the afternoon. Often, the weather will be hot one day, cold the next, & in between, who knows.
But for all those changes, we don’t have an abrupt shift between the seasons. We generally scoff at the notion that the first day of spring is March 21, especially since I myself have marched in snow the first weekend of May. Our first big snowstorm is usually long before the winter solstice, & as for summer starting June 21? After that weekend of snow, I’m fairly certain it hit 90° the next weekend.
I’ve enjoyed 70° in December, summers where the temperatures rarely peaked at 80° & everything in between. Marching in November in 80-something degree heat is not my idea of a good time, but neither is marching at Cedar Point (an Ohio amusement park) in 50° weather in June. Ever go on a water ride at a park located on a Great Lake at that temperature? Yeah, I was that girl. The actual ride is fun, but the air drying… not so much. Didn’t stop us from going on it six times, though. Hey, the line is short at that time of year!
Weather in Ohio is just plain nutty. We all know this, but it doesn’t stop us from complaining about it. Freezing & rather horribly snowy in winter; disgustingly hot & humid in the summer – it’s no wonder there weren’t any permanent settlers here until us dumb Europeans arrived. The weather here is insane!
But this year, a fairly odd thing has happened: The seasons have changed when their supposed to, & the change has been abrupt. We had a brutal January & February, but were then treated to an “early” spring come mid-March. It was a gorgeous, brisk spring, with temperatures generally in the 60-70 range; a few times hitting 80° plus, but never reaching a humidity level to remind you of summer.
Then June arrived, first with the same sweetness of April. Once we hit June 10 (the same weekend we started moving, yay! *grumble*), the weather made an abrupt turn towards heat & humidity. The kind that makes you stick to everything around you. & it wouldn’t leave. Oh, sure, we had a few breaks, but every time we’d get a nice eighty degree day, the next day it’d be 85°, & the next 93°. Hardly my idea of a good time.
Then came the last week of August. The heat & humidity broke, & the cool weather has so far stuck around. The nights have been chilly, the kind that require an extra blanket & makes the mornings difficult for getting up. Fall has arrived, & even the trees are heaving a sigh of relief. Today is a cool rainy day, & I’ve never been happier to walk to work through a few drops of rain.
If this keeps up (knowing Ohio, it won’t), I’m not sure we Midwesterners will know what to do with ourselves. I’ve never been lucky enough to pack away an entire season’s of clothes – some warmer or cooler clothing is usually a necessity for those random, out-of-season days. I can say this, though – if fall wants to stick around until late November, that’s just fine with me!