It was sunny and 65° (18°C) when we awoke this morning. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not complaining one bit. It felt wonderful. After enduring over a month of 95° (35°C) days, it was nice to see the air conditioner put its feet up and take a little break. But I have to admit it’s just a little…unsettling.
Dirt dwellers experience weather. Sailors seek to understand it. It’s not enough to step outside, take a deep breath, and say, “What a refreshingly cool day!” We want to know why it’s suddenly cooler, and what it means for the wind and seas. This morning’s delightful weather is brought to us courtesy of a cold front that slid through the area yesterday, and is now deep in the Gulf of Mexico. Hence the reason I’m feeling a bit ill at ease.
You see, cold fronts are a winter phenomena. Usually from late October until early April, one marches through on a more or less weekly basis. In fact, next spring we’re hoping to harness the strong north winds that follow behind a passing cold front to make our grand departure.
But this is August. We’re not really supposed to be having cold fronts sweep through this early. Which has me wondering. Wondering what type of winter we have coming up. Wondering if it’s going to be another freeze-your-tongue-to-the-lamppost season like we wrote about in Waiting For Global Warming. The type of weather that’s the exact opposite of what a couple who live on a boat searching for perpetual summer cares to experience again.
One cold front does not a prediction make. But like I said at the top, I’ve got a bad feeling about this…