The Weather Talk Has Begun

November 12, 2010 | My Jottings

The first snowstorm of the season is apparently barreling our way.

That means that folks will be out buying groceries, putting gas in their cars, buying plastic windshield scrapers, bags of sidewalk salt, making sure their shovels, mittens and boots are within reach, and talking about weather incessantly for the next several months. It’s what we do here.

“Nice day, eh? What’s it gonna do tomorrow? Gotta bundle up tonight! Is it still cloudy out? How about that snow? Are you staying warm?”

These are all real greetings I have received from neighbors or cashiers or servers, instead of the usual, “Hi, how are you?” one might expect. Living in northeastern Minnesota automatically enrolls you in the Club for the Weather-Obsessed, whether you want to be a member or not. I have been a member of that club for almost thirty years now, so in keeping with our way, here’s a little view for those of you still blessed enough to be in warmer climes:

I’m looking forward to making bread and a pot of soup. I have a lovely book to read. We have a new furnace. Mukluks for our feet. Shelter from the storm. Down comforters on our bed.

And hope in our hearts.

What’s the weather like where you are?


  1. Ganeida says:

    My friend Sandra, at world’s end farm, & also in Minnesota [did I spell that right?] has snow already. Rather you than me is all I can say.

  2. Just Julie says:

    Yes, you spelled it right, Ganeida. Do Australians engage in a lot of weather talk?

  3. Ganeida says:

    Occasionally. lol Depends. When it floods. When the cyclone hits. About the never~ending drought. About the fires. Anything else people just sorta grunt. Unless you happen to either be unlucky enough to live in Melbourne or Melborne born & bred. Melbourne is the city that experiences 24 types of weather in 24 hours & I believe Melbournites talk about the weather a lot. The rest of us think they’re odd & pretend they’re not really part of Australia ~ Especially if you’re a Sydneysider. I’m an old Sydney girl…

  4. Ember says:

    Here it is wet wet wet.
    Living in Minnesota has trained you well for conversing with the English x

  5. Just Julie says:

    🙂 TY Ganeida…

  6. Just Julie says:

    Yes, but will one day be enough for our conversing? 😀

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