by T.J. Tekulve
Whether it beâ€¦
rain or snowâ€¦
Â cloudless or storming…Â
steaming or freezingâ€¦
â€¦it will always have an impact on our everyday lives. Residing in a humid continental climate, Muncie experiences all of these conditions and more.
Over the relatively short period our diarists kept track of, they primarily experienced winter and early spring. Every dateâ€™s weather is described in varying detail, especially days where the weather is more invasiveâ€”the frequency with which diarists even mentioned weather at all reflects this.
Whether the words be plentiful or sparse, each day speaks volumes into the conditions experiencedâ€¦
February 12th, 2016
â€œI had a fleeting thought of running out in the cold to wave down the [garbage] truck.â€
â€œCold and snowy, so no kids out at recess time today.
On warmer days I can see and hear them playing loudly outside.â€
â€œIt was cold! Around 19 degrees.â€
Today is a quietly busy weather day. Snow falls and coats various objects and wind rustles branches and unsettled flakesâ€”and almost everyone has something to say about it.
â€œIt is quiet out here among the trees and snow.â€
â€œthinking: about how COLD it is outside, yet I have to do what I am doing b/c I love my dog.â€
â€œThe cemetery was covered in snow. It was pretty but cold and very sad.â€
The snow covers more than the roofs, mailboxes, and patios. It covers the very essence of the day.
February 17th, 2016
â€œI first open my eyes to the grey sky through the skylight above my bed.â€
Today is even quieter. Coldness and residual snow still resonate through the diarists who mention the weather.
â€œStill some snow on the ground.â€
â€œWarmer weather I would have walked!â€
Itâ€™s not only this dayâ€™s weather that comes up, however; while weather takes place in the present, it lives on back to the past and on through to the futureâ€”seasons.
â€œWe are about to go to the mall and walk. I never understood mall walking until I had a six month old baby in the winter.â€
And with this temporality weather possesses comes the desire to see forward, to predict, to forecastâ€¦
â€œhead downstairs, bathroom break, check email, NY Times, Instagram, and Weatherâ€
February 23rd, 2016
â€œI was stunned with it being almost 70 degrees and [Morningside Park] was vacant.â€
â€œgolden sun streaming through the window next to my desk, a nice treat on a February day in Indiana!â€
â€œâ€¦the pools were not filled up because even though itâ€™s Spring weather….it wasnâ€™t spring yet.â€
Today is a pleasant day, simply put. However, there is the looming threat of more snow coming; even pleasant conditions canâ€™t prevent the paranoia of predicted adverse onesâ€¦
â€œMarsh is swamped with people getting food and freaking out about possible snow so I just leave and avoid the lines.â€
â€œIt is a beautiful day but there is a dip in the air from the breeze.â€
One diarist felt particularly struck by the present conditionsâ€™ contrast to the future:
â€œWind has died down and it is quite pleasent. Â I can not believe it will be snowing tomorrow evening.â€
â€œWatching the news. Â Â Nothing really on it except the weather. Â I can not believe the snow will be that bad. Â Â Worse one of the year.â€Â
February 28th, 2016
â€œI’m thankful for the beautiful weather.â€
â€œWe talk about our dogs, and the warmish weather.â€
â€œâ€¦we will go home for a bit, hopefully catch a nap,Â take a walk to enjoy the unseasonably warm weatherâ€¦â€
â€œIt is warm and beautiful.â€
Today is another unseasonably warm day for February; however, it comes with unfavorably gusty conditions more thoroughly experienced by others. One informant tells the unfortunate tale of laundry in the wind:
â€œLaundry was blowing all overâ€
â€œfolded laundry fell into the fucking pond after wind blew it off of the back table. GRRR!â€
â€œLOTS of litter all over… Wind was blowing terribly and trash toters were falling over all over the place… Noticed lots of tree limbs down, too.â€
Another diarist mentioned weather even more still, the most out of everyone on any one day. It was enjoyable enough while simultaneously being intrusive enough to write on both:
â€œThe wind is blowing very Hard. Â Â March Winds?â€
â€œThe weather is nice, if the wind does not blow. Â Very sunny!â€
â€œThe wind is still blowing a lot.â€
â€œTime to walk [my dog]. Â Very nice evening. Â [She] wants to sniff everything including the air.â€
â€œHearing the wind pick up again. Â It is really whipping around the building. Â The rain is coming.â€
March 5th, 2016
Itâ€™s just past the beginning of a new monthâ€”a new period of change.
Today is a quiet day. Average temperatures. Not many speak of the weatherâ€¦
â€œThe roads are good, weather is fine, and traffic is flowing well.â€
â€¦and those that doâ€¦
â€œWeather is getting better. Â I think the temps will be up this next week.â€
â€¦barely linger on it at all.