Weather – the universal conversation starter. Whether you’re chatting with a neighbor down the block, or a total stranger on the other side of the globe, everyone talks about the weather.
St. Simons Island is far enough south to have mild winters, but that’s not to say that the Alberta Clippers that zip out of Canada don’t impact our weather. Recently the weather service issued two bulletins for our area – only minutes apart: a tornado warning and a freeze warning! Changeable; yeah that’s the word for our winters.
When I shot this, the setting sun warmed my back, and a strong sea breeze misted my face. This beautiful, scythe-shaped rainbow hung over the beach and appeared to be a beacon from the old Coast Guard station. The rainbow, dark cloud, clear blue sky, and rising moon were the ultimate serendipitous shot. The local newspaper thought so as well because it was front page news the following day.
Being surrounded by water also impacts our weather. In summer, the sea breeze provides some welcome relief from the heat, but in winter, high humidity and cool temperatures frequently mean: “The fog comes on little cat feet.” In the village, the fog blotted out the sound, shrouded the lighthouse, grounded the gulls, and drizzled the Christmas tree.
And at the beach, this curious cat prowled the wet muhly grass for some furry, four-legged tidbits to supplement the proper breakfast it would later enjoy at one of the nearby mansions.
But don’t get me wrong, winter is one of the best times to be on the island. We get nice weather payback for the hot, humid dues we pay in summer … and it’s not always foggy.
James & Terri