Let's talk about the weather. It's 60 degrees here in NYC. On March 4th.

It was in the 40s and 50s over the weekend. I only needed a light coat and no scarf to get to work today. I'm wearing short sleeves.

Most people would be rejoicing. Not me. Warm weather in the winter freaks me out.

I've only ever lived on the east coast and, for most of my life, I lived in Central New York. We have winter about eight months of the year. It's snowed in May twice in recent memory. Therefore, I firmly believe that warm weather in the "winter" months means something really bad coming for spring.

It's not logical and I'm sure science-types will tell me that it's not true. But I believe it. And when we get hit with four feet of snow at the end of April, you'll believe it, too.

That said, I wouldn't trade it for all the sunny California days. There just seems to be something wrong with not having four seasons. People (my brother) keep telling me how great it is, but I'd rather have a blizzard than a wild fire or a tornado.

So what's the weather like where you live? Would you give it up?


Blogger Mary Castillo said:

Ha! I'm a Southern Californian and to me snow is uncivilized. Whenever I go skiing, I get the worst sunburn even with SPF. But if you plunk me on the beach in the middle of September, I'm nice and toasty.

Today in Newport Beach (aka The O.C.) it is in the mid-70's and dry as a bone. (Great when you have frizzy hair like mine!) We get pretty excited when it rains or the temperature drops below 60F because we can play with our boots, scarves and mittens. As for earthquakes, we tend to think of them as amusement park rides we don't have to pay for, unless they're strong enough break the china.


3:09 PM  

Blogger JennaPetersen said:

Oh Esi, after this winter we are seriously considering moving to Arizona. I'm not kidding. In Illinois we've had rain, flooding, four inches of ice (4 TIMES!!!), feet of snow and a tornado warning on Super Bowl Sunday. It's horrible. It just started snowing again and I feel like I'm going to cry.

I'm not a wuss about winter. I grew up in Idaho. But this is just enough. I'll take 60 if you don't want it!!

3:54 PM  

Blogger Jane said:

I'm in NY too. It was really nice yesterday. Today it's rainy and gloomy. I love warm weather in the winter but it worries me too.

4:21 PM  

Anonymous Alison said:

Here in NE Scotland we have had a lot of snow over the last couple of days. It's still been unseasonably warm though and we would normally have most of our snow in February, so I think this doesn't bode well for the Summer.

I like having 4 seasons too btw!

4:37 PM  

Blogger haleyhughes said:

I'm in Illinois also, but a little further north than Jenna. Fortunately for me, the storm that Jenna is getting today hasn't made it this far north. But it has been an extremely trying winter with far more snow events than usual.

A 60-degree day now would be welcome, except it would melt more snow and only result in fog, humidity and a swampy back yard.

I lived in San Francisco for two winters and loved it. I thoroughly enjoyed my occasional trips back to Chicago so that I could "visit" snow and cold weather, and better appreciate the rain and fog in my part of California.

5:09 PM  

Anonymous Incurable Romantic said:

Growing up in a Rocky Mountain coal mining town, we experienced what my dear old Dad referred to as "10 months of winter, and 2 months of bad sledding". I'm a Vancouver boy now, perpetually drowning in rainfall most winters, I must confess that sometimes I miss the snow. But then, on those rare occasions that we do get an inch or two, just watching the drivers struggle out of the driveway is enough to snap me back into reality. Skiing Whistler makes up for that, though :-)

7:41 PM  

Blogger ESI said:

Well, it rained a lot yesterday and last night there was a HUGE thunderstorm, so I'm feeling better about the whole thing?

Jenna, four inches of ice?!?!! Holy cow. That I don't envy. Although, when I was little, the only time school would close was when it was too icy (or when it was so cold you'd get frostbite waiting at the bus stop), so it does make me a little nostalgic.

12:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

And its snowing in Texas...I think this is what they call foreshadowing...

2:44 PM  

Blogger JennaPetersen said:


It was sort of nostalgic and romantic the first time we got iced in. And the snow is always lovely at first. But now... well, it's just bad. They say it's going to snow tomorrow, too.

But it's 60s in China, where I will be next week. I'm hella looking forward to that! :)


6:37 PM  

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