Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Hey! Its Snowing!

But Hey! You knew that! Because that's ALL its done for the last 4 years. ...alright alright, slight exaggeration. But I can't think of a day there hasn't been snow on the ground here. Oh sure, there have been days where its warmed up enough to COMPLETELY melt away 6 inches of snow. ....until it 4 hours later when it drops 15 degrees and dumps another 2" on us.

Just for good measure.

We were threatened forcasted to get 10+ inches of snow overnight. I'm quite happy to report, we got...2? Luckily, it stayed just warm enough most of the night to rain/drizzle. It only turned to snow in the wee hours of the morn. (or so I'm told, I'm not awake, let alone coherent in the wee hours of the morn).

But, now good ol' "gotta be right" magic crystal readers weather forcasters are saying we're due for 8-12 inches throughout the day today. I'm pretty sure they'll be DEVASTATED if it doesn't happen. ...they live for this.

Massive snowfall and tornado warnings make their life complete. If they can't interrupt regular programming at least once a week, with EMERGENCY weather alerts, they wouldn't be whole. ...what better place to do the weather than the midwest? It warms my heart to see them so happy. ...except for when they're right.

Having said all that, let's look at some pretty snow pictures from just outside my front door this morning! (and I mean JUST outside my front door. Remember, its snowing and cold? I'm not going out farther than the mailbox today)

ah, isn't it peaceful and serene? ...that's because everyone is holed up in their houses, with 3 weeks worth of groceries they ran out and bought yesterday afternoon. Because people like to do that here...I'm not sure why. Its like unspoken tradition. Snow forcasted? Follow these steps:

1. Watch the tv, there will be a scroll bar at the bottom cancelling every activity/meeting/event known to mankind for 37 hours leading up to the forcasted snow. You're not doing anything for the next 3 days.

2. Wait until the day before the snow, (or even the 2 hours before) go to the grocery store, buy at least 3 gallons of milk, 4 loaves of bread, enough meat to pack your freezer, and as many 40lb bags of rock salt as you can fit in your trunk. Feel free to add to this list, but this is a minimum. Its like an honor code.

3. Now USUALLY, the third step is "feel stupid when it snows all of an inch and a half". Its ok. You're not alone. If it actually snows, skip 3 and proceed to 4.

4. Raid that half ton of groceries you just bought, find something to eat, and curl up on the couch. Spend the next 4 hours watching the 'weather team' froth at the mouth alert you to the developing weather situation. Putting as much urgency and distress in their voice as they can muster.

*it should be noted, that 90% of the time, when you've reached step 4, its safe to go out. The plows have been out for hours, and the only real danger is going mad from being locked in the house.

Repeat these steps as needed for the duration of the winter. Soon enough, you'll start with tornado season. :)

1 comment:

Sandy said...

Hey there, hows my hero? *grin*

Love your list of how to handle the snow! That's like us around here in Seattle--people freak out if they think there will be snow. But at least here they have something to freak out about---I think we only have 2 snowplows within 200 miles each direction!

Stay warm!