Winter 2013-2014 will be talked about for a while. Polar vortexes and clippers and whatever else they are called.
These events have caused records low temperatures, record amounts of snowfall, and a lot of pain and heartache.
Here in the Deep South of the USA, we do not get much in the way of what you would traditionally call Winter weather. 40F is Winter weather to most of us.
However, these meterological events have caused us to experience record lows as well and a rare 2 inch snowfall. That’s right, a whopping 2 inches.
Now, before you go all “2 inches, really, we don’t even report that as snow where we live…”, let me tell you a few things.
1) I get it. We moved here from Colorado. We are plenty used to, and actually miss, the large snowfalls. I have driven to work with 3 feet of snow on the ground along with hundreds of thousands of others in that area.
2) I also grew up in upstate New York. I have dug tunnels through snow from one side of my yard to another through snow that was covered by an inch of ice. I get it.
3) What I would ask you to understand is that we have none of the preparation equipment that those areas have. I remember the reports of the Department of Transportation going out ahead of the storm to spray the roads so that nothing sticks.
I remember the countless people with chains for their personal vehicles, plows on their pickup trucks and, of course, the large plows of the DOT.
None of which is here.
It is also true that experience matters. It matters if you KNOW how to drive in the ice and snow. Most people down here are not familiar with that.
Let me remind new readers that I work in the 9-1-1 Department as my full time job. I can assure you that because we do not have the equipment to prepare or respond to these events as effectively as CO or NY (nor should we, the cost would outweigh the benefit) that roads ice over very quickly and the smallest accumulations are a serious danger.
So, yes, we shut down like World War III is at hand when snow falls. And we should.
That said – it is a time for fun!
You see, as you get snowed on all blasted winter up North, we might get 1 day of snow a year. 1 day to enjoy the beauty that you enjoyed the first week it snowed – and then got sick of.
It is with that in mind that I share these images with you: Thoughts that nature is beautiful and a covering of snow provides us with a unique view of our already amazing surroundings. Just look at the picture of our dog. Everything celebrates this amazing event.