You know how it is

This April day was part March, part May, all fun. Overlooking the Rhine River in Germany, April 2007

This April day was part March, part May, all fun.
Overlooking the Rhine River in Germany, April 2007

“The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day.
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You’re one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
a cloud comes over the sunlit arch,
And wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you’re two months back in the middle of March.”   – 
Robert Frost

When getting ready to go out for a long walk, I’ve learned that the temperature is not the biggest consideration in deciding how warmly to dress.  What seems to make the most difference is: how windy is it?  A sunny, warmish day can feel frigid with a strong wind, but if the air is calm and the skies clear, it will be a pleasant walk even if the temperatures are below 50.

By now I hope most of us are experiencing at least some days such as Frost describes here, where the calendar seems to have moved on a few weeks, if only temporarily.  As for those March winds, I have a whole new appreciation of their relatively temperate nature, after the snows of last month!  But today, I wish you a day that feels like May.

One year ago today:

Just enough intelligence

This post was first published seven years ago today. The original post, comments and photo are linked, along with two other related posts, below. These links to related posts, and their thumbnail photos, do not appear in the blog feed; they are only visible when viewing the individual posts by clicking on each one. I have no idea why, nor do I know how they choose the related posts. That’s just the way WordPress does things.


  1. So true! A couple of weeks ago, Sandy and I rescheduled our morning walk. Even though it was in the twenties, the Windchill put the feels-like temperature near zero. We’ve walked when it’s close to zero, but the wind is just too much, because if it’s sweeping down the sidewalk toward you, there’s not much you can do for relief during that block or so of the walk.

    • Yes, wind (like rain or sunshine) has such pervasive effects. Less visible, except in terms of how it affects everything else, but no less powerful. Often dangerously so!

  2. MaryEllen Davis

    So happy to see this poem again, Julia! It has crossed my mind so many times! I’ve now written it down to memorize…

    • Thanks MaryEllen, I’m so glad you like it!

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