24 Hours

December 9, 2013

House on a sunny day

Copyright 2013 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Saturday, December 7 was bright and sunny in the early morning-much as it was in 1941 and 24 hours later the United States was officially in World War II.

House on a snowy day

Copyright 2013 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Nothing anywhere near that monumental happened here on December 8-after all, only war is like war and it is beyond compare.  However, in 24 hours the weather here took a decided swing to the winter.  The temperature was in the 20s and we ended up with 7.5 inches of snow before the precipitation began to turn.  It is interesting to point out that the forecast called for 1-3″ of snow, and many areas appeared to have received that little.  However, temperature variances in the upper atmosphere led to much higher totals elsewhere.  Such is the difficulty with predicting that which often remains unpredictable (the weather).  Even with the sophistication of today’s technology, you still really would not “know” what the weather is until you put your head out the door and looked.

Icy branches after storm

Copyright 2013 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

In another 24 hours, the precipitation had frozen leaving everything with a crystal sheen of ice.  This part of the forecast was correct.

Weather, of course, often makes dramatic changes in such short periods of time.  Other issues, such as climate change, can only really be evidenced when you string many, many, many 24-hour periods together.  Still another example of dramatic change over time would be the life of Nelson Mandela, who died a few 24 hours ago at the age of 95.   Much can, and should, be read about Mr. Mandela and his life.  After 27 years of 24-hours-a-day in prison, he set about to change a country.  Mike Johnson, a photographer whose blog I read, posted this about Mr. Mandela.  I think Mr. Johnson’s first three paragraphs say what needs to be said about Mr. Mandela and the world in general.

Take care.


One Response to “24 Hours”

  1. Nice read.Thank you for highlighting on the Mandela issue too.

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