Monday, June 9, 2008

the weather is wetter in zurich

I am a bit disconcerted, because it hasn't rained since I moved here almost three weeks ago, and the weather forecast for Mountain View for the rest of the week is all the same - sunny, high in the 80s (around 30, for those who think in metric), low in the 50s (around 13 in Celsius). When I first got here, it was cooler than I expected (for some reason, I thought that California would be very warm, but it gets pretty nippy at night - never go without a fleece, even in the summertime, because once the sun goes down, it gets cold). But cold or hot, there still hasn't been any rain. I commented on the lack of rain to a coworker, and she said, "Oh, it'll rain in September, probably."

Um, it's June right now. How can it not really rain for three months? Zurich is similar to New York (and much of the East Coast, for that matter), in that the weather changes from day to day, or even from hour to hour. It wasn't unusual to have a hot sunny day and a cold rainy day, back to back. In fact, the weather in Zurich is so fickle that it will often be both rainy and sunny at once. I've grown so used to weather that has a multiple personality disorder that I can't fathom the idea of having the same weather every day for weeks in a row.

Weird.

As nice as it sounds to have warm, sunny weather all the time, I've also been warned that when it rains, it can decide to rain for weeks at a time, as well. Ick.

3 comments:

czarinaviv said...

Mmm, well, in the cooler (as in more awesome :P) half of California, it hardly ever rains either. In fact, when it does, traffic kind of goes nuts, because nobody's really sure how to drive in it, and everybody winds up late to wherever they're going... even if they're walking. Everyone gets all confused, and the student store instantly sells out of umbrellas. Yeah, it rains infrequently enough so that students can afford to buy an umbrella every time it rains heavily!

I think most people have no concept of "I'll walk through the rain," because they're sort of too busy going, "OMG it's going to ruin my hair" *ducks under the awning for half an hour*.

czarinaviv said...

P.S. I vote for enabling anonymous comments... it's hard to be one of the options provided.

Anneliese said...

p.s. was that pun intentional? -lightswitch smurf