No matter where you live, someone there has used the old saw “If you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes.” I don’t think I’ve ever been anywhere that wasn’t applied (maybe California, but they probably have a weather control ray). After seeing the extremes of weather we’ve had in Maastricht within a single day (nay, an hour), I’m pretty sure that overused cliche originated here.
Except most of the time you won’t like the change.
Cue morning. Sun is shining, clouds are white and fluffy. Its still a bit cold, but you climb on your bike in hopes of a leisurely ride to work.
5 minutes later: Gale force winds are pushing your off the road.
10 minutes after that: Hide! Torrential spring rain is upon you!
2 minutes later: Not a cloud in the sky.
Repeat until you’re soaked to the bone, but your office mates haven’t noticed the strange weather because it can rain on one half of Maastricht will its perfectly sunny on the other.
Repeat throughout the day.
Yesterday we had a solid 10 minutes of hail the size of marbles. Enough came down that until it melted away it looked like it had snowed. Fortunately I don’t think anyone was brained. I’m lucky. I work a home so I don’t have to go out without good reason during this crazy weather time. And when it is sunny, it is really beautiful. The rain is beautiful too, but in a force of nature sort of way. I’ve only seen hail a few times in my life, so I love watching it (but it scares the heck out of my cats).
Enjoy the wild spring weather.
But for your own safety.
Don’t forget your umbrella.