Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Welcome to Narnia
Ten new inches of snow yesterday, the marshmallow kind that comes down wet, heavy, and sticks to everything. Enough to keep us all home for the day which, if it IS going to snow, is the kind we like best. I heard on a weather report yesterday that our area gets an "average" of 15" of snow annually and that we're already at nearly 40". What's incredibly deceptive about that average statistic (and kinda why I so dislike/distrust statistics) is that our winters are really feast or famine in terms of snow; we gotten more than 100" in the recent past, and then have also gotten something like 5" total for the season. So it's not a matter of a little more than a foot of snow most years, which is what the average makes you think.
My little test for finding out what your experience has been with this kind of weather is to ask what you first think when you see snow like this. People who are used to it would first wonder if we lost power -- the kind of snow that sticks to and pulls over trees usually means electric wires go down. These are the kind of people who can appreciate the beauty after knowing that we did not, thankfully, lose power (though we kept our heat up a little higher than usual, just in case). When we lose power we lose everything: water (ours comes into our house via an electric well pump), heat (our oil furnace runs on electrically powered thermostats), the ability to cook (electric stove). The snow looks just as beautiful to me today, given that we've got power....
Thanks for all the button help! I'll work on that this week.