Extremes

January 21, 2016

 

Cracked ground in the Badlands

Copyright 2012 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

NASA and NOAA have proclaimed that 2015 was the hottest year on record.

Windshield wipers protruding from snow.

Copyright 2014 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

As this is being written, the Mid-Atlantic region is about 24-36 hours from what is being referred to as a potential “record-setting” blizzard.  18-24″ of snow and winds up to 40 mph are predicted for the Baltimore-Washington area from Friday night into Sunday morning.  Last night, there was a bit of a teaser as about 1/2″ of nice, light, powdery snow fell-it was actually quite pretty and easily brushed away.  Even that amount, though, presented a problem as it froze and led to issues with this morning’s commute-many school systems in the area were also delayed or closed.

This weekend will be quite a different story.  “Crippling” was one adjective used by a newscaster to describe the storm.  States to the south are facing significant amounts of ice.

I am not in the least looking forward to moving that amount of snow.

The storm also presents an interesting take on awareness and technology.  As a child over 50 years ago, I paid little, if any, attention to the weather forecasts; and when it snowed, it was just “there”.  Shoveling the driveway was not a concern as that was the landlord’s responsibility.  Getting out of school was also a plus.  Being an adult changes the perspective.  With access to 24-hour weather broadcasts, which use much more sophisticated computer models,  it is easy to track the movement from the initial 3-5″ prediction from earlier in the week, to the current snowmageddon (to bring back a term from a few years ago).  Paying attention to those forecasts also ratchets up the anticipation of what is “to come”.  One knows it is on the way, and all that can be done is to prepare and wait.

What we had last night was sufficient.

Take care.

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