Today it snowed six inches (15 cm), the most accumulation we’ve received during any storm so far in 2016 (our winter was relatively mild with very little snow). All the more amazing is that the temperature on Thursday and Friday reached 67 degrees F (19C) and is predicted to plummet to 12 degrees F (-11C) by Tuesday night.
Some may think this is unusual weather, but apparently this is not new phenomena. New England is famous for its changeable weather. The famed author, Mark Twain delivered a speech at the New England Society’s Seventy-First Annual Dinner, in New York City, on Dec. 22, 1876, where he said:
“I reverently believe that the Maker who made us all makes everything in New England but the weather. I don’t know who makes that, but I think it must be raw apprentices in the weather-clerk’s factory who experiment and learn how, in New England, for board and clothes, and then are promoted to make weather for countries that require a good article, and will take their custom elsewhere if they don’t get it.
There is a sumptuous variety about the New England weather that compels the stranger’s admiration — and regret. The weather is always doing something there; always attending strictly to business; always getting up new designs and trying them on the people to see how they will go. But it gets through more business in spring than in any other season.
In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four-and-twenty hours. It was I that made the fame and fortune of that man that had that marvelous collection of weather on exhibition at the Centennial, that so astounded the foreigners. He was going to travel all over the world and get specimens from all the climes. I said, “Don’t you do it; you come to New England on a favorable spring day.” I told him what we could do in the way of style, variety, and quantity. Well, he came and he made his collection in four days. As to variety, why, he confessed that he got hundreds of kinds of weather that he had never heard of before. And as to quantity — well, after he had picked out and discarded all that was blemished in any way, he not only had weather enough, but weather to spare; weather to hire out; weather to sell; to deposit; weather to invest; weather to give to the poor.”
One is never bored with the weather in New England!