I’ve been in Michigan for 4 months now. Seeing as how it is mid-January, it is safe to say I’m well into my first Michigan Winter as well. So far, I’d say it is…bearable. I’m only a few miles from the lake shore, so lake effect snow is a very real thing here. Since day 1 of moving here people have warned me about the dreaded ‘Michigan Winter’. It honestly started to feel like every person I met felt a great need to warn me of what I was soon to encounter. Initially I just gave them a blank stare and responded with “I’m from Iowa. I’ve been through winter.” My brother and I have joked about this as he has been here through 4 Michigan Winters. Here’s the thing: yes, there is more snow here, BUT, at least you can BREATHE!
Yesterday started off as a decent day. The sun was shining and for once there wasn’t a chance of rain. Then the clouds rolled in. At least I thought they were clouds. Early in the afternoon I noticed it looked like rain, but nothing was on the radar. That strange look stayed in the sky the rest of the day. When I eventually went out side I looked up in the sky and noticed the sun was just a small dot. Technically I would say the sun was out, but it didn’t have it’s normal perimeter of shining. It looked more like this:
Summertime thunderstorms. If they arrive during the day I think they are kind of exciting. I can watch them build as they roll into town. I can see the skies begin to go dark as the storm gets closer. Like the picture above shows, you can be experiencing a nice, clear-sky day. But something is looming. Continue reading