Thursday, January 18, 2007
The Weather Forcast
You might not believe this.
We don't believe it.
But apparantly it is going to happen.
We are expecting our 5th weekend in a row of this:
Yep! It's supposed to snow tonight and tomorrow here.
The higher elevations (that's us) can expect between 12 and 14 inches.
And our roads just now got cleared.
But we are aware of how lucky we are. We actually had a break. We had sub-zero temperatures during that break, but no precipitation. We are ever mindful of our midwestern bretheren and "sisteren" who are without electricity and running water due to ice storms. We read about a family in Missouri who have finally gotten their house to a relatively warm 62 degrees. We are thinking about the price of oranges, which is doubling due to a freeze in California. And we heard it snowed--that's right, S-N-O-W-E-D in Malibu. Imagine those hip California girls in bikinis and stocking caps! N. said it most succinctly: "Mom," he wanted to know, "What exactly happened to global warming?"
(Yes--there is an explanation, but why ruin such a plaintive question?)
So although we are grateful for the precipitation, we are wondering what the rest of this real, actual winter is going to be like here in the arid southwest. There are no snowboots to be had in town. No snow shovels, either. And we are used to measuring our years precipitation in 10ths of inches at a time, not feet.
But for now, I've got to run! I am going into town. I need to go for groceries--just in case! And I am going to stop at the library. I may need another thick novel to see me through this one.