Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Winter (??)

A Maine winter...
                          OK..I will admit it.  I'm still a Maine girl at heart, so it's very difficult to call anything that doesn't involve snow, ice and sub-zero temperatures, winter.  But, we are in "winter" season here in Punjab. (Notice, I still had to put it in quotes!)
     Some people may be surprised that India experiences winter.  North of us is Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, both of these states get snow, but they are both mountainous regions.  Here in Punjab, we are living in the plains, so we never get snow.  Yes, I said it..a winter with no snow...sad, I know!   So, what is our winter weather?
     I have already posted about the summer here, and the summer for me is always an endurance test.  But, most people here, find the cold months as hard to bear, as I find the hot months.  People always ask me "Don't you feel cold?"  My answer is always, "Sometimes, but I like to feel cold!"
A pleasant October day
       Usually by September, the monsoon rains have stopped and the temperature starts its slow descent out of the high 90's.  October and November are extremely pleasant months, with the temperature ranging between 65-85 most days.  By the end of November, the day temp. won't rise above the 70's and the evening temps. fall to the 50's.  By December we have to pull out the sweaters!    This week, the temperature is hitting a low of 45 at night, and highs in the 60-65 in the daytime.
Visiting in a village...warming up village style!  Villages get colder than we do here in the city, because they are an open area.
     By the end of December it will dip close to freezing (around 35), but usually only for a few nights, while the highs will be in the 50's.  January is usually a very foggy, damp and miserable month.
Waiting for the train to Delhi on a cool morning in December
January fog
    
Some interesting things to note...our houses here have no heating system, and are not sealed.  So, whatever the outside temperature is, the inside temperature is not much higher.  Also, our house is brick, cement and tile, so when it is chilly and damp, it gets very chilly and damp in the house. Many others live in much less substantial shelter than we do, so they are even more affected by the cold.  We wear the same amount of clothes indoors, as we do outdoors, and it is very difficult to get clothes to dry. 

Thankfully, this type of weather only lasts about a month, and then by February the temperature will start creeping up again.
    The children have only seen snow a couple of times in their lives, and are hoping to someday visit the US in December and January, so they can experience a "real Maine winter"!!!

8 comments:

  1. Oh, wow. I honestly can't imagine. Your December weather sounds like our summer weather! The temperatures, not the dampness. I can't imagine living without snow in the winter. I'm a Maine girl too... I (obviously) get enough snow, but I miss the trees! Do you face a lot of sickness with all that cold and dampness?

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    1. I was thinking of you all, there in the ever winterland. while I was reading this blog! :)

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    3. Carole, I was honestly thinking of you a lot when I wrote this post! We live in such different worlds! The dampness does bring on a lot of coughs and colds, and it really affects older people or those with arthritis.

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  2. I had my beginnings in Maine, also! Love the snow, trees, and the mountains! Our winters here in Pa. have been to warm and I'm concerned that this winter will be another very mild one. I agree, Winter is not winter without snow! :)

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    1. Thanks so much for your encouraging words Cathy!

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  3. We don't usually get a lot of snow, but it started snowing here Wednesday night and has been lightly flurrying every since. The kids are loving it...though it is not moist like Maine snow, so you can't make anything with it. It's supposed to be -4F the next few days...so your cold days sound mighty tempting. But I think I'd rather deal with this then your hot days!

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