This Alabama High Schooler's Song Perfectly Captures the South's Moody Weather
"If you don't like the weather, just wait five minutes."
While many places claim this adage applies to their region (and Samuel Clemens, who wrote under the pen name Mark Twain, is said to have quipped an iteration of this quote first, in reference to New England weather), there's no denying that Southern weather can be notoriously fickle. Sunshine and warmth one minute, a swaying downpour the next. All before the clouds clear and the sky erupts into a fiery orange-pink sunset, of course. Indeed, there's something about the weather in these parts.
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17-year-old Anna Kate Warner, an Alabama resident, decided to capture how tempestuous Southern weather is in a catchy tune—that in our humble opinion, deserves to be a country radio hit. The song was inspired by seeing a series of photos depicting the same northern Alabama yard: On Monday, it was blanketed in snow; on Tuesday, sunny skies were overhead and green grass below; on Wednesday, the yard was completely flooded. (Yep, sounds about accurate.)
"I mean, it was all in one week. My mom was like, 'you need to write something about how crazy Alabama weather is," Warner told the website It's a Southern Thing. "I said, 'Aw, man, I've got to run with that. That's just too good.'"
So far, Warner's video performance of her song has garnered nearly 3,000 views since she posted it two weeks ago. We can see why people are into this tune with a hummable melody and lyrics like, "Loving you is like the Alabama weather / Storms or sun, cold or whatever / Will this pass or is this thing forever?" and "The sun was hot, the skies were blue / I was living it up, the next thing I knew / You came in like a hurricane, but you'll be gone in a couple of days." Watch below and prepare to have the chorus running on repeat in your head all day long.
Needless to say, this Alabaman has serious vocal chops and we can't wait to see where her career takes her. Admittedly, we hope it's a little more linear than the rambunctiousness of a day in the life of Alabama weather—cue the guitar strumming.