Friday, February 11, 2011

Snowmageddon...followed by Snowpocalypse

Well, it's certainly been a good year for winter in Arkansas. We have what the TV people are now calling a 'major snow event' on January 9, bringing a whopping 6" of snow, along with some really cold temps, keeping us socked in for a few days and giving us some snow days to make up at the end of the school year! It was certainly a nice surprise to see the glistening snow on the ground, even if only for a few days. But alas, as it goes in Arkansas, the snow was gone within a few days, and temps soared into the 60s and 70s within a week.

Fast forward to February, when yet another 'snow event' rears its head. This one skirted north of us, leaving us with only an inch or two of snow, which was gone the next day. It was sloppy, it was slushy, it was too warm. Again, it's Arkansas--not so rare here.

Just as the meteorologists are saying that would be winter's last big blast, I checked the models. They disagreed. Several days later, another 'major snow event' bore down on us, bringing us another 6" of snow, but dumping two feet on some just north of us. Really? Two feet of snow? In Arkansas? And the kicker--temps dropped to low teens, then to single digits, assuring the snow would last for a few days. Three more snow days are in the books, and people are beginning to complain about cabin fever, icy driving, blah blah blah...

Just color me 'happy' for seeing any winter at all! Lots of cold temps and 14" of snowfall over the past month? Yeah, I'm good with that. Which is probably a good thing, since they're predicting 70s and sunny within a week. Sounds like winter is losing its grip. I'm sure we'll see some more 'minor snow events' before it's all said and done, but as far as 'major'...I think that should be it. BUT, it's still very early in the Arkansas winter, and this place is known for some really odd extremes. I say BRING IT ON...even if it doesn't show. I love this shit, and I don't care what anyone says!

Anything else going on? Nope. It's been a slow month. We've had 6 snow days, and it's been very busy in between. New York City trip is coming up in a couple of weeks--that should be fun, since I've never been! With that said, I'll wrap it up. Until next time....

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