|Michigan, 2015 - the lakes are starting to freeze.|
Michigan is a "special place." The peninsulas make for some interesting weather because it's very hard to predict. It doesn't matter what's happening in Wisconsin - as soon as the warm air or storm system crosses Lake Michigan, it's anyone's guess what will happen.
Take, for instance, lake effect snow. Lake effect snow is what happens when water evaporates off of Lake Michigan (yes, that can happen in the winter) and drops on land. Unlike a system storm - where you can see the clouds and storm moving across the land - lake effect pops up and snows without any rhyme or reason. Conditions make it possible to predict when it will happen, but there's no real way to know where it will happen. There are many times when lake effect snow result in school cancellations even though there many not be a flake of new snow at my house.
The only way to combat lake effect - cover the lake. That doesn't happen often, but for the second year in a row, it looks like the Great Lakes are going to freeze over. That's a 'yipee!' when it comes to snow prediction, but it's a big ol' 'dag nab it!' when it comes to temperatures - the lakes act as a natural insulator, keeping Michigan warmer than Wisconsin and Minnesota. When Lake Michigan freezes, that gives the blistering cold winds of the west direct access to our shores, dropping our temps from single digits to the nose-hair-freezing -20s.
|Big Bertha aka The Green Monster. She's often pair with those boots - giant clunkers than keep my feet roasty-toasty in any weather.|
When it's that cold, there's only one answer: Big Bertha. She's a ginormous winter coat that I bought in college when I had to walk to class. As warm as she is, she's huge! There's no slinging you purse over your shoulder with Big Bertha. Grocery shopping is a pain - she's too hot to wear in the store, but if I take her off and put her in the cart, she fills the whole thing! She's great for working around the house, but in this weather I have to wear her everywhere, and I was hoping to never have that kind of relationship with her again.
There's not much I can do about the weather, but my amazing job certainly helps me manage. No matter how snowy, windy, cold, or gray it is outside, it never hinders my commute to the living room.