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Deep, Meaningful Weather: Not in November

Posted by Robyn / November 13, 2006

A long time ago, I used to write a lot about the weather. I haven't been doing that lately. But I assure you, I'm still fascinated by it. And much like my fascination with celebrities' bizarre clothing choices, I find comfort in seemingly innocuous things that are out of my control. And yet, there are certain phenomena that cause me enough discomfort that I wish I could do something about them. For instance: cropped leggings under dresses and crocs as city-wear, and also today's unsettling weather icon:
shallow fog.jpg

You know what this is? It's "shallow fog." Not heavy fog, not light fog, not low fog, but shallow fog. I have never heard the term deep fog, so am also confused by that too. But this is really about feeling that November feeling, the purgatorial month of grey skies and Remembrance Day, which is both sad and not actually a full-on holiday (QC and ON don't acknowledge it as such. oh, except for federal offices and some random other places, right, which is even more unfair.) November is like the month of 'meh.' And what can I do about it?

It's too cold to ride my bike (face gets cold, I hate cold face), yet too warm that I have no excuse not to walk everywhere instead, and how slow is walking? Way slower than biking. And now this fog icon, the actual fog I have yet to see, reminding me that not even the weather is taking life by the horns. Weather's just letting things coast on its reputation, like it can get away with that because it does it every year, it needs to take time to "transition" and blah blah boring, tell it to your therapist, Weather.

Seriously, Weather, what the hell?? It's like all you do is eat low-fat ice cream and watch Ghost Whisperer these days. Remember when you used to eat cinnamon buns with extra butter on them and watch Battlestar Galactica when it was 30 below? And remember eating chocolate haagen-daaz with like candy bits and nuts in it and watching Arrested Development in the middle of summer? Remember the passion? C'mon, have a crazy-good one-night stand, get married for troo luv. But no, you're all "yeah, we're pretty good together; we go to movies." Whatever.

Sure, I'm asking for punishment here, but I'm getting tired of this mediocrity, tired of your lackadasical attitude towards your job. Freakin just snow already and bring on my favourite weather and my favourite icon:

Now that's weather that knows who it is. Classic.



OJ / November 13, 2006 at 09:30 pm
I agree, enough with mud and puddles let it snow.
OJ / November 15, 2006 at 09:46 am
On a kind of related note...heard on the radio this morning that this fall season has had the most rainfall ever in Montreal. It is second to only...last year, and there are still close to 5 weeks left in the season. Fun stuff, this climate change.
Hannah / November 15, 2006 at 10:05 am
Perhaps the only good job to have in November is in the design department of the weather office. I suspect they get the November 11 vacation, and they get to dream up these insightful icons.
To add some numbers to OJ's comments. Average precipitation in the fall season? About 600 mm. Amount we've had this far? about 1100, and 5 weeks to go.
Can we vote for snow instead of rain? Bring on the toboggans, the cross country skis and the peppermint hot chocolate.
Charlotte / November 15, 2006 at 04:07 pm
I gotta say though - light fog feels really good on your face a 8am running along the Lachine canal. Avoid other humans and the weather starts to feel nice again.
rrrobyn / November 15, 2006 at 04:20 pm
stop making me want to move back to st henri - you know my misanthropic tendencies are barely kept in check as it is
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