There are times I tell myself I need to get the heck out of Lansing. Lots of times. Not because of the city itself, which I have grown to love, but because of the kooky-bird wonkified weather.
I’m from Long Beach, California originally. Grew up in the sun and spent winters driving to find the snow. I got completely used to taking the trash out in shorts and barefeet (and a top of course) even in January. (well OK, maybe jeans in January, but I’m a barefoot kinda girl, so maybe still barefoot even then). So frequently I find myself thinking of moving back to the West Coast, say Seattle, where the weather is a steady friend instead of a fickle vixen.
The question is, would I really enjoy consistent weather? It sounds great. It WAS great, when I lived in it. But you know, every day was beautiful, and there were plenty of days I didn’t take advantage of that. One of the most annoying things about living in Lansing is the unpredictability of the weather. Where one day it’s 38 and you’re wearing a heavy coat, and the next day it’s 82. That kind of psycho cuckoo weather changing is mind rattling for several reasons, which include but are not limited to: the frizz-to-non-frizz ratio that hair can handle; the amount of the weight restrictions of a vehicle, which might only be able to carry one heavy coat, 3 fall blankets, a set of scuba gear, two parkas, one tent and firecamp set up, an overnight sleeping bag in case you are stranded somewhere, a rain jacket and halogen lamp, three sweatshirts of varying warmth and weight, an umbrella, well, you get the picture.
But the thing that is great about nutball weather in Lansing is that it is so very seasonal. Strong, beautiful falls. Hot intense summers that make you long for the winter. Long bleary winters that give you time to work on all your crafting projects. And gorgeous, life affirming springs that send you to the allergist. All of these things make Lansing charming; so I may just have to stay on for a bit.
Wanna keep track of the weather in Lansing so you are always prepared? Go here or here