Thursday, February 10, 2011

This last winter storm has broken all the records

We had a pretty mild winter, until just a couple of weeks ago. When the weather turned bad, the bottom fell out. We have had wave after wave of snow and extreme cold. Here where we live a couple of inches of snow is about the norm, with up to 6 or 8 inches possible. Once every several years we may get a foot or more of snow. We shattered that record this year. Some local places recorded 30 inches of snow and last night the temperature in a nearby city was minus 18 degrees. I have seen the mercury drop down to 12 below but that is very unusual. Zero is considered very cold here, and some winters we don’t make it that cold. Actually the deep snow and super frigid temperatures are kind of frightening to us. Our homes are not designed for weather that extreme. A local police station caved in yesterday. It just couldn’t support the load of snow.

We have a saying here “If you don’t like the weather, just hang around for a few minutes; its bound to change”. That seems to be the case this time as well. In just 2 days from now the temperature is forecast to be about 50 degrees, and the next day nearly 60. Wow, that sounds great, but when this snow melts its going to be a muddy mess! I’m ready for the warmer weather. My wife and I have cabin fever pretty bad. We are going Saturday to do something together for an early Valentines Day celebration.

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