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I’ve al­ways thought it would be cool to be a weather fore­caster.

You can be wrong most of the time and no-one ques­tions you.

So you can un­der­stand why I was prob­a­bly a lit­tle cyn­i­cal when snow was pre­dicted in the fore­cast for this week.

We’ve spent the last week bask­ing in glo­ri­ous sunshine, af­ter all, and we haven’t re­ally had a skiff of snow on the ground all win­ter. Snow in Novem­ber? They’ve got to be wrong again! Cyn­i­cism be­came dis­be­lief in the early hours of Wed­nes­day morn­ing when I woke up to find it was snow­ing re­ally hard at home and set­tling. There was a good cou­ple of inches in the back yard by 6am and the dog, who hails from up north, was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing his first ever snow­fall. He was scared of it, of course. Fore­cast­ers have been warn­ing of snow all win­ter and we braced for it and it never hap­pened.

Let’s hope they’re back on their game and their pre­dic­tion of a long warm sum­mer is right for a change.

Rachael Kelly RE­PORTER: Rachael Kelly (03) 209-0114, 027 641 4281, rachael.kelly@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz; NEWS DIREC­TOR: Ge­off Mein, ge­off.mein@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz, 027 200 4404; SALES MAN­AGER SOUTH­LAND: Jac­qui McK­in­ney (027) 807 3163, jac­qui.mck­in­ney@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz. ME­DIA AC­COUNT EX­EC­U­TIVE: Doreen Scoullar (03) 209 0117, 027 836 4667 doreen.scoullar@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz; ME­DIA SALES CON­SUL­TANT: Tyla Routhan (03) 209 0118, (027) 562 7381 tyla.routhan@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz; CLAS­SI­FIEDS: Shirley Cleaver (03) 209 0108; AD DEADLINES: Fea­tures - Fri­day 3pm; Dis­play - Mon­day 2pm; Clas­si­fieds Wed­nes­day 10am. AD­DRESS: 171 Main St, PO Box 66, Gore 9740. MISSED DE­LIV­ERY: 0800 784 846. DIG­I­TAL EDI­TIONS: neigh­bourly.co.nz. ON­LINE: stuff.co.nz, south­land­times.co.nz

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