The one thing I have noticed about living on the Isle of Man for nine years is that people talk about the weather – A LOT! I can understand why, it’s pretty crappy to be honest. But the one thing for sure is we definitely have proper seasons.
I remember living in South Africa and winter only lasting about four months. There wasn’t much of spring, it just blasted straight into summer with temperatures in the high twenties. Here, however it’s a different game altogether. Why I am mentioning this? Well, our temperatures are dropping at a rapid rate. Today we had a maximum of 7°c and dropping down to 1°c. It feels rather Arctic with the wind today, and I haven’t taken out my winter coat yet. This weekend looks rather wet and cold.
Let’s talk about the rain, now this one thing there is no shortage of on our little isle. It rains in every season. Spring, summer, autumn and winter, it’s going to rain, guaranteed. This week we’ve had our first floods of the season.
Most of the time in winter, it is grey and wet, the sun only peaks over the horizon and if you get to see it; it’s greatly appreciated. Days become shorter and the nights become very long. But this only continues until the 21st of December, which is officially the start of winter. At the peak of it, sunset is at 15h55, but it starts getting dark from 15h30.
It’s challenging for the body to adapt to this, but it’s so worth it because in the summer we get those long days with the sun only setting at 21h55, but it is light until much later than that.
The strange this about living on an island is that we don’t get much snow. It’s a rare occurrence, we only have one mountain here and it is called: ‘Snaefell’ which means ‘Snow Mountain’ and it seems to get snow rather often, but not so much on the lower levels where we live. I think I can count on my hand how many times it has snowed since living here.
So what I am basically asking the ‘Snow gods’
LET IT SNOW!
Thanks form reading.