In the Midwest, the spring and fall seasons end up having the craziest combinations of weather. Yesterday, I heard reports from Nebraska with tornadoes and snowstorms, in the same state! And temperature are also interesting… and the major reason behind this post.
Well, humidity really factors into this as well. Yesterday, when I went to ESPN GameDay at 04:30, I stepped outside and noticed that it felt really humid. Looking at weather.com in the posthoc analysis, it turns out… yes. The official humidity in Chicago was at minimum 67% all day, and was much more frequently in the 80’s and 90’s, including at least 90% until GameDay started. And with the temperatures in the 70s and going up to 82, it felt pretty disgusting out. At least the heat wasn’t worse!
And then today, the temperature was in the upper 50’s or lower 60’s. I went to League with a T-shirt and shorts, and although I wasn’t freezing, it was not perfectly comfortable, especially with a chilly wind. The funny thing about 60-ish degrees is in which part of year it comes.
During the fall, 60 degrees represents a cooling from what you were used to in the summer, so therefore a 60-degree day feels like something for wearing longer pants and sleeves. For some reason, I feel like during the early or mid-fall, 60 degree days are often also cloudy, which further gives a chill, even if only perceived.
But, in the spring, 60 degrees is a “milestone” to come UP from what was experienced over the winter. That first 60-degree day is often a shorts-and-T-shirts day, but it feels great, as opposed to feeling cold. And in the spring, it seems that 60-degree days are often sunny as well!
It reminds me of a time when we lived in Fort Dodge, Iowa, when the winters would often have sub-zero days, and cold spells in general. There was a day where it had been very cold, but on this particular day, it was 32 degrees and sunny, and some people in our neighborhood were out in shorts and T-shirts.
How funny weather is in the mind.
Today is the sixth day of O.C.T.O.B.E.R.