The shortest day of the year & odd weather in Le Bic
|Winter greetings (wreath by Bekah Stephenson)|
The solstice this year coincides with a full moon: I hope it clears later tonight or early tomorrow morning so it's visible. Winter full moons are remarkable here in Western North Carolina, as low humidity often means the visibility is crystal clear.
An irony with the massive rain front that's now moving up through the Northeast is that it's stretching all of the way up into the Bas St. Laurent part of Quebec, where our small second home is, putting a veritable (and unusual, I think) damper on weekend and possibly Christmas-time skiing in the nearby national park and throughout the Northeastern U.S., for that matter.
The temperature is predicted to be 49°F on Saturday (!!!) with rain, then back down to the more normal 13°F/7°F on Christmas Day. Curious. There's hardly been a day above freezing since late November. A very odd pulse of warm air!
I'm glad we hadn't driven up for a snowy holiday week this year. It will be an unusually icy phase for them; normally, the snow doesn't melt after it starts falling!
I'm glad the days will start getting longer now. It's always welcome. We normally have traveled to warmer places in winter, often with much longer days -- in the Southern Hemisphere.
This year, we'll be keeping with the theme of experiencing winter, in a MUCH more wintry place than our home base in the mountains of Western North Carolina.