[quote=“sunflowersFTW!, post:11, topic:928”]I used to absolutely dread the dead of summer here in the smack dab middle of the United States, but aside from the mosquitoes I’ve noticed I can tolerate the heat decently if I don’t have to be in air-conditioning at any point. The minute the A/C hits me I can’t stand to go back out.
Our winters can be sorta brutal (nothin’ compared to Minnesota though), especially last winter–though the ice is the only thing that’s exceptionally loathsome.
I don’t think I could live anywhere that doesn’t get a full sample of all four seasons, though. I also appreciate how the wind is always blowing. In fact, still air sorta creeps me out. In the winter it can be dangerous, wind chills way below zero and all, but again with the appropriate coverings, it ain’t nothin’ i can’t deal with. In the summer, tornadoes can be a force to be reckoned with, but if you’re on the Plains, you can see 'em from 90 miles away. I would be sorely depressed if I had to spend a full spring and summer away from a thunderstorm prone area.
That being said, I’m a prairie gal through 'n through. My skin (mostly) reacts positively to the sun, too, which helps, since as previously mentioned, we sure get plenty of that.
My dad’s family/ancestors have lived in Nebraska for roughly 140 years, so perhaps it is genetic by now, too–I’ve never strayed far from that state myself. They’re all full-blooded Bavarian Germans, too, since the entire area he’s from migrated from the same place. He even speaks a dialect he grew up with. I don’t know much about the Bavarian climate though. Mom’s family is Slavic, though we’re not entirely sure which part, since they came from Poland but were reputed to originate elsewhere in East Europe (makes sense, she & my grandmother often were mistaken for an Italian or Jew instead).
EDIT: I just looked up the climates of both Bavaria and Poland and they both are quite similar to my region, albeit slightly less extreme.[/quote]
Interesting sunflowersFTW, My background is also Bavarian and I grew up on the prairie. A bit north of you across the border. Your post reminded me of all those summer thunderstorms out on the prairie, probably my best memories are all those summer thunderstorms running out in the rain and thunder among the grass and watching the lightning and the roaring thunder.
Every thunderstorm I was always outside in the middle of it running around and walking through the waving grass for hours, never wanted to stay inside. I love the prairie air in general, but during a thunderstorm it’s awesome the way the moisture blows across the prairie and fills your lungs. Its similar to what happens when it’s about to rain in the desert.
I always feel the same way about you in regards to the wind. If you grow up on the prairie you know the magic of the wind and the way it flows through the millions of stalks of grass. There are certain visual and physical natural phenomena that are the most beautiful and unique to the plains and desert.