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KIMT NEWS 3 — Last summer brought dry weather near the end and now mother nature is making up for it with a lot of rain.
Even those who are not from our area know the weather is not right.
“I understand I picked a real doosy of a time to come here,” said Celia Farber.
Farber has been in the area for almost two months now from New York City and it has changed how she thinks of those living in the Midwest.
“I have a new found respect for the people of Minnesota because it’s brutal, it’s really something. It’s hard to keep your spirits up in this weather,” Farber said.
In fact, that weather is dumping more rain on our area than usual. Mason City has seen more rain already this year than in all of 2012. Rochester is not too far away from a similar statistic.
“When I first got here I didn’t think about the weather that much, but now I’m sort of becoming more of a local. I open the window and say, what’s it doing today, is there any chance there is going to be sun?” Farber said.
But she says it is getting harder to be optimistic during her stay in the area.
“I’m noticing that I’m struggling with depression a little here,” Farber said laughing, “I’m really having to coax myself into, and I’m getting really good at it, this morning I woke myself up and I said, come on, you can do it, lift your spirits, don’t worry about the weather, but the weather is starting to get to me,” Farber said.
It is also impacting those who are from the area.
“Growing up here, I remember the summers being really warm and hot and humid, being outside a lot and it just hasn’t been like that,” said Stephanie Yost, originally of Scarville.
Yost is back home to see her parents after living in South Korea. The area she grew up in is starting to feel more like the Pacific Northwest.
Actually, the nearly 25 inches of rain we have seen is more than what Seattle has seen so far. They are sitting at less than 17 inches this year.
“I thrive off of sunshine, it really puts me in a good mood, it makes me want to just do things like be outside and be productive and the weather like the way that it is, you know, I just feel like ‘blah’,” Yost said.
Last year at this time our area had seen around eleven inches of rain which is less than half of what we have seen already this year.