A change in the weather

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There was something wrong… something missing from the world as I walked the few paces to the car. I couldn’t put my finger on it at all, but I was very clear on the essential fact. There was something … different.

It wasn’t until I turned the key in the ignition that I realised what it was; it had stopped raining. And the sky was clear.

The rain has been almost constant for weeks now. The area in which I live has little in the way of rivers. Usually, I miss them and would wish for more. I know of no natural waterfalls around here at all and the streams are no more than tiny, silver threads. At present, though, they are roiling, muddy streaks, spilling over into the flood plains and sodden fields. Other parts of the country have not been so lucky and the constant influx of water has caused an incredible amount of damage and heartache.

So the clear skies and cessation of rain were a welcome change, even if it had taken me a few moments to pinpoint what was different this morning.

What surprised me the most was not the transient burst of sunshine, but my own acceptance that the bad weather was the norm. It may be England, but even here winter is not normally uniformly grey and wet. We have glorious frosty mornings with pristine skies and soft dawns too. We had even had one a few days ago. But… the pallid shades of gloom have settled in to become ‘normal’ somehow.

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It is not unusual though; life itself often takes on those grey shades where the clouds loom dark and heavy, carrying worries and stress in their nondescript pall. That too can very quickly become the norm and its very familiarity comforting in a strange and perverse way. We don’t always notice when the clouds lift from our days here either… it just feels odd and unusual… possibly uncomfortably so; just because it is different and we know that, but cannot see why… and do not stop to enjoy the moment.

The sunshine was beautiful, but it didn’t last long. By the time I had driven the five miles to work through the early morning traffic, the skies had darkened once more and the clouds were speeding to cover the cold blue, positioning themselves to release the heavy rain and hailstones they were carrying. Even so, seeing the colours of the dark, rain-damp earth stark against the greens and russets of winter, watching the sparkle and sheen of the rain capture the sunlight as the birds played in the morning air… seeing the first touches of spring green highlighted by the sun… it had made my heart sing.

I wondered how often in the grey monotony of life we miss such moments, as I had ‘missed’ understanding the changed weather, just because we are so used to what we know that we can no longer see or appreciate those flashes of beauty that can come in to illuminate our days at any moment.

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48 thoughts on “A change in the weather

  1. I’ll visit you – then you can visit me – in sunny Colorado (I won’t mention that sometimes there’s not a cloud in the sky, but it’s 48 below 0 (Farenheit), there’s a need to bundle up to avoid frostbite, while you clear your drive of the few drifts laying in 3-4feet depths, while in other areas, given incomplete wind/snow breaks, you gaze at bare, frozen ground – but you should see the rolling ocean of amber waves of grain come July – courtesy of the same wind that challenged your fortitude in the winter months! 🙂 – – beautiful post – 🙂

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  2. Beautiful photos, Sue. We have “sun-breaks” here during our rainy season, which surely make my “heart sing.” But I think the rain is beautiful too if I stop to notice the deeper colors, the muted shades of gray, the shining drops and reflections.

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  3. It is funny how at moments we suddenly see the universe in all it’s beauty and then in a breath it’s gone. It is even better when we realize what we just witnessed. It keeps the sunshine in our hearts and lets the love back in.
    Great post. :o)

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  4. The lives we live nowadays are more insulated than ever from the natural world. A brief sunny spell might be missed by many of us. That said, I’m fairly good at detecting rainy spell because my head gets wet.

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  5. Lovely photos. We find the changes across the marina amazing sometimes in the space of less than an hour! And the rainbows, h those beautiful rainbows. Also being in the UK, we have seen more of the wet stuff than is normal at this time of year, but at least with us, it’s normal to look out of the window and see a mass of water.

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          1. We had our first serious ice shelf on the bank behind us on Jan 20th last year. Apparently the coldest period on the river is Jan 17th to Feb 17th. If I recall, it was still chilly in March!

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              1. I love the frosty mornings on the marina. We have grippers for our shoes to stop us sliding when it’s icy, but the landscape is spectacular. Wrapped up in hats, gloves and thick coats, and Maggie in her little jacket, we keep warm and get in some lovely walks.

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  6. We’ve also had a ton of rain here, Sue – plus unseasonably warm with lots of gloom. Miasmal. We kept a weather eye on the sky and enjoyed a few bits of sun here and there. Finally, it is sunny again but now it is really cold. Well, it’s winter, so to be expected. I do welcome the sun – two weeks of gloom can really get you down! El Nino is having an impact around the globe, so maybe that’s what you’re experiencing.

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      1. Absolutely! We are lucky to live on a steep hill- the creek at the bottom of the hill filled with rushing water and ran over the top of the bridge crossing it. We live in a flood plane but built up, not even knowing about the flooding at the time.

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  7. Gorgeous photos, Sue! Praying for some sun for you! We have cold temps today 6 degrees F this am and tonight below zero with wind chill. Will warm up to 40’s rest of week. Crazy New England weather! Stay dry and I will try to stay warm! Lol! Warm hugs! Xo

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