Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Weather Forecast by Barbara

October Snow
There are too many choices of topic this month, but then February is a month of change. The weather is a prime example.

Last year the blizzards piled snow waist deep. This year my neighbors are wearing shorts to work in their yard. The groundhog has predicted six more weeks of winter. What does that mean? More of the same or the snow we’ve avoided.

The other side of the world is getting the severe winter that blasted us last year. Europe is buried under crippling snow and China has people stranded without food or heat.

The October 25th, 2011 blizzard was a lesson in survival. The wet snow broke branches, toppled trees and took down the electrical grid across Connecticut.

The prediction of a foot or so became over thirty inches of heavy snow. As campers, we had experience and bought extra gas for the generator and non-perishable food. The snow started with a deluge of huge flakes that resembled goose feathers in size. It was beautiful to watch and I took a couple photos.

The power flickered and went out the first night. Okay, we thought, won’t take long to fix. Ten days later they restored it and we breathed a sigh of relief.

We learned that stores don’t open when the power is off and the cash registers and lights don’t work. There is no gas available when the pumps run on electricity. The cell phones die when the batteries can’t be recharged.

Freezers full of food thaw and spoil. Furnaces don’t ignite to heat homes. Fireplaces are inefficient to heat a house, but are better than nothing. Water pipes burst from frozen water.

We survived. The power came on and we turned up the furnace to heat the house. Turned on the TV for the first time in ten days. Returned to the routine in a short time.

Got on my computer and deleted a thousand emails.

Resumed my writing routine or tried.

So I’m happy that February has been mild. I have my fingers crossed for the rest of winter. 

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Jannine Gallant said...

We've had very little snow in Tahoe, either, this winter. For an economy that runs on ski areas, it means everyone is hurting. Last year my house was still buried in snow in May! Feast or famin seems to be Mother Nature's way.

Colleen Connally said...

I have to say, I don't miss last year's snow...losing electricity to me was like losing an arm. Got by, but I realized how soft I had become. I need my electricity.

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

Oh, Barbara, I can't imagine being without electricity for sooooo long. We were without once for 48 hours and nearly died. Fortunately it was a neighborhood thing and we spent afternoons at the mall and evenings at the movies.

Barbara Edwards said...

Thanks for your comments. I also need electricity. by the time we got ours back on, I was ready to scream with frustration.