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Springtime: Don’t Forget your Umbrella

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.

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4 Responses to “Springtime: Don’t Forget your Umbrella”

  1. Alison says:

    The rain here, at least in Utrecht, never seems that strong and it generally lasts for only a few minutes, but it does like to start up just when I step outside. Yesterday, we had a nice mix of sunshine and rain for about a minute and then both seemed to disappear. We have actual sunshine right this very moment. I’m hoping it will stick around for a while.

  2. Amanda says:

    Wow you are a quick commenter. :) It has been sunny this morning for us as well (here anyways). I hope it holds out for the weekend. It was wet in London and I’m hoping for a little dry weather somewhere.

  3. So true. I don’t think I’ve ever checked the online weather radar as often in my life as I have while living here. Mostly because I need to bicycle myself around often on the weekdays. I always carry with me, along with other needed things for a bicyclist like a tire repair kit, an umbrella, and also have a rain suit for days when I must go out on my bike & know it will rain, if it isn’t already. I even have a bicycle seat cover for those days when it “may” rain so I won’t get a wet butt. I love this quote in your entry “maybe California, but they probably have a weather control ray.” Hilarious ;-) Have a great weekend!

  4. Amanda says:

    You are much better prepared for rain-biking than we are. We just get wet. ;)