What is your definition of beautiful weather?

Published 7:00 am Saturday, October 20, 2018

Just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, beautiful weather is subject to a wide range of opinions.

I was reminded of this on Thursday morning. It was a beautiful morning, or so it seemed to my wife and I. In fact, my wife declared it perfect, and I couldn’t think of any reason to disagree. (Side note of advice to husbands with less than my 36 years of marital experience: If you have to expend any amount of mental energy whatsoever in order to think of a reason to disagree with your wife regarding the subject at hand, stop thinking and agree immediately.)

The sun was shining, the humidity was low, and the temperature at 8:00 AM was a comfortably cool 61 degrees. Of course, comfort, like beauty, is dependent on one’s preferences. At 8:30 AM, my wife saw a friend of ours in Picayune, who exclaimed, “It is too cold this morning! I don’t want it to get any colder than this!”

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I confess that, with the exception of a few times when it was in the lower 60s, and I was caught in the rain and got soaking wet, I would have never thought to describe those temperatures as cold or uncomfortable.

That confession will come as no surprise to those of you who have read this column with any regularity. On many occasions I have complained about how I hate the heat and humidity of summer. For that matter, I complain in the spring that the heat and humidity will soon arrive, and I complain in the fall that the heat and humidity are taking too long to leave.

So, in the future I will try to avoid the mistake of “judging thee by me.” I will try to remember our friend who found Thursday morning uncomfortably cool. I will try to keep in mind a former co-worker who relished his early afternoon smoke breaks standing in the full July sun with the heat index at 110 degrees. When asked how he could stand it, Tony would reply, “This is so much nicer than January in New Jersey where I grew up.”

Whatever your idea of comfortable weather, we probably can agree that, at least in terms of temperature, the upcoming week will be more comfortable than most weeks in New Jersey during January.

Another cool front is headed our way from the Great Plains. Forecasters expect it to pass through the Gulf South sometime between Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. Northerly winds behind the front will bring another shot of cool air into Pearl River County. Temperatures Sunday night and Monday morning are forecast to be the coolest since late April with lows early Monday dipping into the middle to upper 40s across the county.

The cool front will become stationary in the northern Gulf of Mexico. By Monday night it will reverse direction and begin inching its way in our direction as a warm front. Although forecasters expect us to stay in relatively cool air north of the front, we will be in a mostly cloudy, unsettled, showery pattern Monday night through Friday.

I am tempted to say that this is not as nice as the sunny weather more typical of October. But, who am I too say what is nice.