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All these posts and comments about the variance of weather has got me reminiscing. I remember my daughter and son-in-law visiting from Texas when we lived in New Mexico. We lived in a little valley at the base of the Sangre de Cristo mountains.

My daughter stayed with us and my son-in-law was going to spend the night up into the foot hills where he knew of a gold panning spot that was pretty well known. This was in August. My dad ask him if he had a coat and he said oh yeah I've got a wind breaker in the car.

My dad sent me to the closet to get a couple of heavy hand made quilts and my brother's old mackinaw coat that he had left there. Son-in-law objected, but my dad wouldn't take no for an answer. He insisted he put them in the car just in case.

When my son-in-law came back the next day he thanked my dad saying he nearly froze even with the extra coat and covers. I never left home without a heavy coat in the car when I lived there.

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Hollyhocks100 wrote on March 2, 2015, 12:32 PM

It snows almost every winter here in the Mediterranean too, though some shady estate agents who are only interested in parting eager foreigners from their money swear blind it doesn´t. Usually August is hot days and warm nights, but I do remember one year at the end of August it went cold overnight and didn´t warm up again for months.

Feisty56 wrote on March 2, 2015, 12:39 PM

For people unaccustomed to the difference in climate dependent on altitude, it can be quite a shock to find that out for themselves. Luckily, your son-in-law wasn't any worse for the wear in his experience, thanks to your dad.

peachpurple wrote on March 2, 2015, 1:44 PM

aw, sweet memories during the cold season, nice to take shots, would it?

Kasman wrote on March 2, 2015, 2:59 PM

We should never, ever take chances with the weather and we should always go prepared. Your father was obviously going by past experience.

WordChazer wrote on March 2, 2015, 3:51 PM

Last I was in Spain it was a wet winter, and that was cold by Spanish standards. It hosed it down every night and a good few days too. Of course, I'm a Brit so a bit of rain never bothers me at the time (although my bones will tell me about it afterwards). I always take a coat (either my winter waterproof or my trench) to America anytime in the winter and suggest to my husband that he does the same. If nothing else we need them until we are in the check in queue at the airport and again when we emerge from the baggage reclaim!

I also remember a cold, wet night in Mikwaukee, when I was sleeping in my friend's van. I had my lycra leggings, my pj bums AND a pair of jeans. A camisole, a T-shirt and a fleece. So help me God I was still cold.

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WordChazer wrote on March 2, 2015, 4:02 PM

Just today I read an article on the BBC about a loner in South America ( edited because I found the link, article is The Dogged Old Man from the Badlands, by Chris Haslam. The temperatures in that area of Argentina go from +30 to -30 day to night. I can see why your son-in-law was cold.

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BeadDoodler wrote on March 2, 2015, 4:55 PM

A change of climate makes a difference too. I've hung clothes on the line in New Mexico without a coat on and had them freeze immediately. In Texas if it's cold enough to freeze clothes as you take them out of the basket you need not only a coat, but a hat and gloves too.

BeadDoodler wrote on March 2, 2015, 4:56 PM

He definitely was Kasman . He was better at predicting the weather than the meoteroligists.

BeadDoodler wrote on March 2, 2015, 4:57 PM

Oh, he would have come back to the house if he hadn't taken the advise of a seasoned veteran, but he was glad to have the extra warmth.

BeadDoodler wrote on March 2, 2015, 4:58 PM

Weather is fickle all over the world. Just use the Boy Scout motto and always be prepared.

wolfgirl569 wrote on March 2, 2015, 8:26 PM

The higher up you go the colder it usually gets. It is better to have too much instead of not enough.

cheri wrote on March 3, 2015, 7:11 AM

I do a lot of reminiscing to fill up a void in my life or just an empty space whenever I am alone. Sometimes those memories make me happy and sometimes not.

BeadDoodler wrote on March 3, 2015, 9:45 AM

I think even the sad memories have something positive in them for me if I look for it.

VinceSummers wrote on March 12, 2015, 7:28 PM

Stubbornness, I suspect, has killed many a man. Wisdom in the form of listening pays off.