Bareleggin’ delayed: Here comes the rain (and cold) again

So much for the nice weather: We had two summery days in my corner of the world, and now we’re in for a cold and wet first week of May.

Very wet. Environment Canada has issued a weather warning for Quebec. Some areas could see as much as 80 millimetres of rain by next Friday.

And it will be almost cold enough to see snow in some of the higher regions, with nighttime temperatures falling close to the 0C mark (32F).

We have had a very wet April, and flooding has been an issue for some communities near rivers that have seeped over their banks. Sinkholes have developed on some major roads, and there are more potholes than usual, it seems.

Locally, the lake level is higher than I’ve seen it in years, which is good news for people like me who get our drinking water from wells near the lake. There is little danger of the lake flooding its banks, I think, because of the outlet streams that flow into another lake. Contrast this to last summer, when the lake fell to the lowest level I had ever seen.

But I’ll have to put some outdoors activities — gardening, deck staining, etc. — on the back burner. And I can forget about barelegging it for at least a week. Ditto for wearing the new platform sandals.

It was nice while it lasted (for two whole days).

So, what’s up with this wacky weather? Why so much rain? Why so cold? Why don’t I live in Beverly Hills?

Explanations, anyone?

— Jillian

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4 thoughts on “Bareleggin’ delayed: Here comes the rain (and cold) again

  1. Yes, my friend in Montreal was telling me the other day about all the rain up there. He thought it was good for the farms, but I told him to follow the news, the farms are getting flooded out!

    Not nearly so much rain in Boston area, but we’ve had several days of showers, which are needed here after pretty dry conditions the last two years. I’m not sure we’re still in a drought, but I learned an interesting fact last summer when it was very dry and towns had bans on watering lawns. State officials explained that our drought had actually begun in the winter of 2014-2015, despite the all-time record breaking snowfall that winter. Most of that snow fell when it was well under freezing, so it was light fluffy stuff which is rather dry as snow goes, it doesn’t carry a lot of water. So we went through all those paralyzing storms of 2ft. or more, and then it still was a pretty dry winter.

    As far as the temperatures, we’ve been having our own rollercoaster on the thermometer, too. Seems it will be unseasonably chilly for days, then unseasonably warm for one or two days, then chilly again, (lot of wind with these fluctuations, must be good for wind power generators.) I’d like just some average temps!

    We had this even in February, and I also learned how damaging wild changes in temperatures can be. I came down with a very severe case of eczema, over nearly 80% of my body, arms, legs, shoulders. Never had anything like this before. Kept me from any naturist activities or figure modeling through all of March. Finally, was hospitalized for three days. Mostly cleared up now, with antibiotics. So, these temperature changes can really have some serious effects on our health, too.

    Here’s to more consistent mild weather, soon…..


    1. True, today’s very warm temperatures, (for late-April,) in the Northeast states are very symbolic, as there are Climate Change protest demonstrations taking place all across the U.S., today.

      Nice of nature to add that back-drop to the day’s events as an example of that point!


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