You may have noticed, but lately it’s been rather chilly. In fact, it’s been so cold, I’ve had to close my windows and turn off my fan for the first time since May. Actually, I’ve even had to get Maintenance to come and turn on the heater that up until now has served solely as a towel-drying rack.
It’s rather amusing, really. I mean, yeah, it is colder than usual, but it isn’t that cold. Let’s compare Irvine, California with other places in the world right now:
In Irvine, California, it’s currently 56 degrees fahrenheit, whilst in San Francisco, it’s a little colder coming in at 49 degrees. In New York, it’s 37 degrees, but to be honest, the USA’s weather is moderately mild. In Norway it’s significantly colder; 27 degrees, whilst in Moscow, Russia, it’s a chilly 12 degrees. In my hometown of Tavistock, Devon, it’s a little warmer; 47 degrees. In contrast, in Suva, on the remote Pacific island of Fiji it’s a pleasant 81 degrees.
My point is, it’s significantly colder elsewhere in the world, and in comparison, we don’t have it that bad. Unless you’re from Suva, Fiji, in which case it is quite cold.
Which is what I find so amusing about it being cold over here. As I said earlier, it’s not that cold, yet Southern Californians are taking the opportunity to wrap up in at least 3 layers, complete with a hat, gloves, and a scarf, looking as if they’re about to traverse the Antarctic.
But I don’t want to be mean, and pick on Southern Californians. I mean, yeah, 57 degrees does feel pretty cold when for 6 months in a row the average temperature is about 80 degrees. The British, however, are more used to the cold weather, which is why they don’t look quite as silly when the weather drops. However, if it were to snow, even just an inch or so, the whole country proceeds to shut down, with trains cancelled, planes grounded, motorways packed with cars who are at a standstill. Schools get cancelled, stores close, yet the hillsides become alive with children making snowmen that are doomed for a 24 hour existence since it doesn’t stay cold enough for the snow to stay as snow and soon becomes a grey slush.
If you ask me, I’d rather have milder weather with no snow than have my hopes and dreams of a white christmas literally melt away one week before Christmas.