Maine weather is so utterly bizarre.

To begin, even if I refer to meteorologists, I'm not calling out anyone specific. Well, there is one weather person far away from here who annoys the crap out of me, but that's not the point of all this, hahaha. The point is, even in winter, you can never really discount any weather possibility up our way.

For instance, last night/into this morning, out at my house we got about 3.5" - 4" of snow. Not a crazy amount; just enough to make my dog frolic wildly in the yard. And as I sit typing this, the outside temperature is 15 degrees. But come Saturday this week, it's supposed to get up to 53 degrees, after starting the morning with freezing rain. What?!

Nevermind all the other weird anomalies we have....

In summer, we get small hail that often looks like snow. In winter, circumstances depending, we can get thundersnow. Yes, thundersnow. Maybe you're from away and reading that phrase for the first time, but in Maine, it occasionally thunders when it snows. It's simultaneously awesome and frikkin' weird all at once.

Sure, we're basically spared hurricanes and tornadoes and things like that, for which I'm extremely thankful. At least we don't live somewhere that's likely to have the roof fly off the house. But I'll still never be totally settled with the massive fluctuations in temps that we get around here. How can there be a 40-degree difference inside of three days?

Being a meteorologist in Maine has just gotta be the worst.

For real... Mother Nature is always conspiring against you. There's the old saying that if you don't like the weather in Maine, just wait a while. And really, it's almost too true. There's no rhyme or reason to it. Other than whatever you need the weather to be, it'll likely be the opposite. At least at some point.

So mad props to Maine weather people. You're showing that you really enjoy a challenge. You must really like being wrong 50% of the time. Sometimes more. But hey, at least you found the one job where that's ok. And weather is a truly fascinating subject. Especially weather as uncooperative as Maine's.

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