It’s chilly and damp and just plain yucky outside as I write on Monday evening. I have my legs wrapped in a blanket to ward off the cold, even with the heat on in my home office. I’m wearing sweatpants and two layers of sweaters, plus my wrist warmers. Every so often I take a break to walk around and get my circulation going.
Ah, November in New England. It was brutally cold on Thanksgiving. Fortunately, I only had a short run from the car to our cousins’ front door, and otherwise stayed inside. The weather outlook this week is alternately rainy and chilly, but at least not snowy again for a while. Famous last words.
Every year, around this time, I try to stave off my winter blahs by reading the long range winter weather forecasts. It’s kind of my own version of wondering if the groundhog will see his shadow. Knowledge is power, right? If I know how cold it’s supposed to be, then I can be prepared.
Well, so far, the predictions for the Northeast U.S. are mixed. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), we’re supposed to have a warmer than average winter up here. The southern states are supposed to get more precipitation than normal. You can see the whole forecast here.
On the other hand, Boston forecasters are expecting a stormier winter season, drawing on the El Niño effect and historical data. Ugh.
I know, I know. I need to get over it. Whatever comes will come. It’s just the transition is always hard. In any case, I had my snow tires put on last week. At least my car is ready.
Image: Emil Vilsek