Fall weather in the North Cape is a little unpredictable. Yesterday and today, gale force winds have whipped against our walls, and blasted the windowpanes with sheets of rain. I’m not used to these violent gusts that make the roof creak and shake. I cringe each time one of them comes rumbling up the hill to smack into our home. Am I afraid of the big, bad wind? YES! (But of course I don’t let my kids know it and I hope that one day I won’t flinch a bit when the big, bad wind comes huffing and puffing at our door.)
I’ve heard stories about the wind carrying boats up from the sea and into people’s lawns and lifting busses off the road. Last winter when I went walking with my 2-year old, her stroller was blown off the ground. Thankfully, I had a good grip.
So on days like these, it helps to remember how it was just a few short days ago. The weather was a little more to my liking. It was windy, but not crazy-gale-force-winds-that-blow-boats-into-lawns-kind-of-windy. A beautiful, bright coat of snow covered the ground and things felt a little more peaceful.
As you can see, the sun isn’t very high up in the sky. The countdown is on until the sun says goodbye for two months: Only twelve days until the polar nights begin. Today the sun rose at 8:37 AM and set at 1:20 PM.
So if you come to the North Cape in the Autumn, get ready for the big, bad wind, a mix of rain and snow, and a few hours of precious daylight. Make sure you pack your rain clothes and galoshes, winter jacket and snow boots. And you can leave your sunglasses at home.