With the seasons changing we’ve been experiencing some changes in the weather on the Neck that make the days change from sunny to cloudy in a matter of minutes. Waking up to a gloomy morning and ending up with a bright afternoon is not an uncommon occurrence here. The other day was a perfect example of that. I woke up to sunny skies and warm enough to be comfortable in my down jacket. I was so excited to notice the weather finally beginning to warm up and the snow in the quad from the Snowpocolypse almost gone from the warmth. Especially being from the South I was even more excited to feel some of the warm weather I was starting to miss at home.
As the morning continued, I noticed that the sky began to turn a little grey and cloudy since we were outside for our Natural History class. We had our weekly species quiz that morning and decided to use the forest as our quiz instead of twigs and pictures in the classroom. By the end of the period a scattered, light snow started to come down but nothing worth paying attention to. The snow stopped at the beginning of my second block, and then picked back up very intensely, stopped again, then continued to snow heavily with the wind whipping. The weather had done a complete 180 in a matter of minutes!
Another student, a teacher, and I decided we wanted to experience this weather phenomenon on a whole different level than just watching. So we all looked at each other, threw our hoods on, and sprinted out the door to the great unknown. We started running towards the lower field but about halfway down the hill we realized we had no idea where we were going because we couldn’t see with the snow. The wind was whipping the snow up, making it so hard to see. So we took cover behind a giant Oak tree and stood in pure admiration. We couldn’t believe the weather that had just happened in a matter of minutes. Never having experienced this type of winter weather until coming to Maine this semester, I was completely speechless. The snow we had received earlier in the semester was my first time seeing that much snow at once, so this changing-by-the-minute weather was a mind-blowing experience for me. Not wanting to waste a second, we embraced the wind and snow once again while running around the lower field and quad.
Laughing and yelling at each other in this insane yet unforgettable moment was some of the best fun I’ve had out in the snow. Just taking advantage of the incredible outdoors around us made the adventure so spontaneous and added to the love I have for the unpredictable Maine weather.
Right around 11am the snow completely stopped and was instantly sunny again with barely a cloud in the sky. Only in Maine!
Lydia, Charlotte Country Day School, NC