For most of last week, forecasters spent much time when they weren't pontificating the fate of the Blade Runner, informing us of the devastating winter storm that was approaching our state. It was going to lay waste, paralyze our lives and leave us begging for mercy. Well last Thursday afternoon it came.
Before it came, my oldest daughter got out of school early. I suppose the teachers were all worried about the approaching devastation and didn't want kids walking home in the weather so school was dismissed two hours early. When my daughter got off the bus at the corner, she had to fight her way home over frozen brown grass and mild temperatures. Two hours later, when she normally gets home, it began to snow.
The snow came down in small dry flakes and by the time I made a run to the local Mexican restaurant to stock up on some food, we had about three inches of the stuff. It was terrible! I was forced to still obey the speed limit because hey, I didn't want a speeding ticket. The snow continued into the night and at five o'clock in the morning, I got a text informing me that school was cancelled for the day. I snoozed for another hour and then decided I had better get outside and clear the driveway for the wife so she could get to work later.
The road in front of my house was wet but clear, the highway down the block was wet but clear and my driveway was completely buried in six inches of dry fluffy snow! I put the snowblower in high gear and quickly cleared the driveway and pondered why the forecast was so wrong and why the school was so quick to call it off. I don't suppose I will ever know that answer. I suppose other people got nailed from the storm but we certainly didn't.
The weather guys were quick to point out that though it wasn't as much as they forecasted, it was much needed moisture. Because it was so dry, if all the snow were melted it would probably equate to maybe 1/4" of rain. Not nearly enough to cover our shortage. To do that, we would probably need a dozen feet of really wet snow. Still I won't complain because 1/4" is still 1/4" more than we had last Wednesday. Plus, it is nice to look out the window and see something besides brown for a change.