Toying with Us

Mother Nature has been playing little mind games with us for the past couple of weeks. Being Minnesotans, we are fully aware of the fact that winter will be slamming in to us at any minute.

Yesterday, however, featured a balmy high in the 60’s. Because of my foul mood at work, I decided to run away over the lunch hour. In one sense it was a good move (I got away from the same people that were pushing me closer and closer to a melt-down), on the other hand, it was a bad mood since it made me painfully aware of the fact that it was probably one of the last nice days for the next six months.

Earlier this afternoon, a Tornado Watch was issued for a huge portion of the state. The metro area isn’t included, but it abuts us. And, frankly, “in and close to the watch area” always makes me a little nervous. Tell me – is a tornado or severe storm going to realize that it isn’t supposed to stay within the lines of the watch box?

This is Mother Nature’s climax – over night, gusty winds with bitter temps are going to be ushered in, and winter will be here just like that.

[Update: Tornado Watch was extended to include the metro area until 11pm. Hopefully it will be quiet throughout the state. Our neighbors to the south haven’t faired well today…]

In honor of the beautiful summer just past…

Until we meet again…