It seems as though it’s been missing in action lately. We finally did get to see some rays over the weekend and was it ever nice! November is typically one of the cloudiest months of the year (along with December) and our average high drops much more quickly this month than any other month as we transition from fall to winter. The days keep getting shorter and the sun is at a lower angle in the sky so it just doesn’t have the strength to burn the clouds off. Many folks experience a condition called SAD, or Seasonal Affected Disorder…also known as the winter blues. The lack of sunshine leaves them in a depressed sort of state.
What a lot of people don’t know is that a similar condition can occur during the summer months; this is called Reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder. In this case it seems as though the brain is over stimulated by light…leaving the person feeling anxious and stressed out.
For more information on SAD and RSAD you can go to the Mayo Clinic .
Weather-wise we’ll start seeing a more winter-like pattern across western Wisconsin this week with cooler temperatures and snow chances on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Great news for the snow lovers out there.
Meteorologist LeAnn Lombardo
Posted under Hometown Weather
This post was written by llombardo on November 26, 2007