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Kathryn Spira

Changeable Weather in the Adirondacks

After temperatures in the teens and a record snowfall in Buffalo, I was happy to see the snow melt with rising temperature and no wind the 24th, just three days before Thanksgiving, which is the day I am writing this.

When the sun peeked out briefly, Herman urged me to get outside, not knowing when we will again have such nice weather. Of course, weather in the northeast is very changeable, no matter the season.

A good example is my 40th birthday party back in 2000. I recall my dear friend Carol Gifford flew in from Chicago to New York and we brought her to our place in Caroga Lake. Now remember, this was in April, because my birthday is April 12.

We had our party at Lanzi's on the Lake and the temperature got up to 70F with sun and a great preview of the summer to come. But then a disastrous cold front came in with 14 inches of snow! Carol had stayed overnight with us at our then camp on North Shore of West Caroga, and she slept upstairs in our loft. When she awoke the next morning and looked out the window, she exclaimed, "Where do you people live?!"

To which Herman replied, "In the Adirondacks! And there's a tree across our driveway. Can you help me move it?"

She said, "You're kidding, right?" And Herman said, "No. Really. I could use your help."

See, we were to meet my Mom for brunch at the Holiday Inn in Johnstown where Mom was staying. Carol and Herman got the tree moved and we started to town in our Ford Explorer with 4-wheel drive, but were blocked from heading south on Rt 29A by more trees down. The bottom line is, we had to go back around Rt 10 and 29 the other way around to get to town. We made it fine, but saw other cars and trucks along the way that weren't so lucky.

I include a photo of myself, Mom and Carol with snow flying around us at our camp driveway, April 2000. As you can see, it wasn't a typical spring day! Although I write this on an especially mild day in November, there are plenty of winter days to come and we are likely to see more days that look like this picture in our future, rather than a mild, sunny day when the temperature is pushing 60F like today!

I also include a photo of myself enjoying the sunshine Nov. 24. As Herman likes to say about weather in the northeast, "If you don't like the weather, wait a minute. It'll change!"

I know I'm thankful for any nice, sunny weather when it comes our way and I hope you had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends.



About Kathryn Spira

Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland, OH who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues freelance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County, New York. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site