We are planning to take a trip down to Connecticut to visit my parents and other sundry relatives this week. You know, celebrate the national holiday about the mythic sharing of the harvest between the native people who managed to survive the plague brought by Europeans and a group of those Europeans seeking freedom of religion. I hope we get good driving weather.
I think about the weather a lot, and I especially think about it during the transition seasons such as November. This morning as I drove home after dropping off my son at his, as my wife referred to it last night in our daughter’s parent teacher conference, “foo foo la la” preschool, I heard on Vermont Public Radio that the weather forecast might be “complex” today but it was pretty nasty 58 years ago.
Apparently, they had a big storm back in 1950. The Great Appalachian Storm brought snow and high winds to a huge area of the northeast. Burlington had sustained 72 mile per hour winds with gusts up to 100 miles per hour. Hello hurricane, although it was technically an extratropical cyclone. It had more of an effect on other states, including New York, but damage was extensive in Vermont. It was one of the biggest storms of the century.
It was pretty mild today. I ate my rapidly cooling lunch as I walked out to meet my daughter off the bus for her half day of school today. It was a little windy and the spitting rain was misting my glasses. I even grumbled about it for a moment, until I realized that I did not want to be an ass. What is a cool lunch when it means being on time to meet my kid? I had no blizzard to contend with.
We should have fine weather for driving this week. Rain continues to drip out of the clouds at the moment. We might get more of that. My car’s wipers, although brand new, seem to be–how to put this eruditely?–sucky? They will get us through. I’m not going out to buy new ones at this point. Too lazy.
I will keep an eye on the weather for now and when we get there for the ride home. It won’t be long before we are thinking about snow days. We talked about the possibility that school might be closed today if the weather turned just right. Soon soon
The Pilgrims and their native hosts had a mild first Thanksgiving although, to be fair, it was in October back then. It looks like this one will be pretty mild as well. We will have no century marking storm, which is good. If we are going to have a big storm, let’s hope it happens during the middle of a week of school. That way we go out and play when school gets canceled.