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January 17, 2014

Unpredictable winter makes dressing a challenge


The other day I was in Walmart. A woman was filling a rack along the main isle with swim suits of all things. That’s strange I thought as I walked around the store in long johns and a winter parka. But true to form, two days later the same store worker was filling the exact same rack with winter hats, gloves and scarves. I guess it’s just good marketing.

I went to Belleayre Mountain to ski last week. I checked the weather report. It was going to be a beautiful day - sunny with highs around 30 and a 2-3 mph wind.

On the mountain there were whiteout snow squalls and winds so hard they near blew you out of your chair lift. By the second run down the mountain I put on a full face covering and wished I’d worn my other parka.

Mark Twain said, “If you don’t like the weather in New England, just wait a few minutes.”

He could just as easily been talking about upstate New York.

Rick Brockway writes an outdoors column for The Daily Star. Email him at

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