I am sitting in my office writing this post (pre-published, as always). When I am sitting here I can see a lot of tree tops, they all look so beautiful. Some trees are almost bare now, and others are still golden.
When I am writing this, it is Monday afternoon and it is gray outside. And, I happen to think that gray days during the fall are so great. The colors are more vivid. The gray just enhances it all.
Heavy darkness, rain and dampness (as November in Stockholm, Sweden tends to be) have never bothered me.
A lot of people get depressed during the winter months in Scandinavia since it is so dark. In Stockholm, the sun rises around 9 AM in December, and it sets around 14:30 in the afternoon. In the hours between dawn and dusk, the sun stands so low just above the tree tops. You are that far north. Above the Arctic Circle, the sun won’t even rise over the horizon. A different world.
I, personally, find the darkness and the grayness comforting. When people in Washington complain over how dark it is HERE this time of the year, I am almost at loss for words. I think it is so light, the sun rises around 7:30 in December, and it sets around 16:30. And in the hours between the sun shines most of the time, and the sun stands high in the sky.
It is different from home. Very much so…
During the fall and the winter you can have heat waves. Some days the temperature can be around 70 degrees (20 degrees C). Those days are so not my cup of tea. I don’t think I will ever get used to summer warm days during the dark season. It just does not fit my soul. Peter says I should see those days as gifts, but I cannot!! Once it is fall I expect it to be cold, and once it is winter I simply don’t want it to be warm. Or mild.
The weather in the Mid-Atlantic States can be so finicky in the wintertime. One day you can have a temperature of 70 degrees, the next day it will plummet to 10 degrees. You’ll never know what you’re going to get.
Let alone, how to dress. Therefore you will see everything from flip-flops to UGG’s on the street. Personally I think there should be a law against flip-flops and shorts after a certain date, say Halloween. It just looks plain stupid in the wintertime no matter what the mercury shows.
A typical winter day in Washington? Around 40 degrees (5 degrees C), sunny and clear. That is the "standard" weather throughout most of the winter.
But, guess what…I hope for a ROUGH winter with ice and snow and plenty of blizzards. I would gladly welcome another 2010 winter again. Bring it on, as soon as December rolls around!!!