GROWING WEATHER WOES
“The weather and love are the two elements about which one can never be sure.”
Anyone watching the news this week has probably seen stories about the bizarre weather in the southern U.S. Having been a South Carolinian some 18 years now, I’ve only seen snow here twice before, and both times it was flurries. We did have a very rare ice storm in 2014 (read about it here ) but generally our winters are relatively warm and comfortable.
“The weather gods are toying with us.”
Not so the opening week of 2018. Our temperatures overnight are dropping into the teens (Fahrenheit) and the days are not much warmer. Instead of rain we have snow and ice, closing bridges and causing numerous accidents. Our cars do not have snow tires nor do we have snow plows, snow blowers, snow shovels or ice scrapers. As a result even a small amount of snow and ice brings us to a standstill.
“You may weather the storm, but will you weather the aftermath?”
Anthony T. Hick
While the snow and sleet has abated for the most part, the heartiness of our tropical greenery is about to be severely tested. In a week where our photo challenge is Growth one wonders how much growing they’ll be doing after a week encased in ice.
“It is a common fault of men not to reckon on storms in fair weather.”
One of the small annoyances related to storms here in Charleston is that our TV stations are totally absorbed with weather news. On days when we are stuck inside it seems unfair that all we can watch are news broadcasts whose weathermen insist on showing scenes of children and dogs playing in the snow under the auspices of “keeping us informed”. Seriously???
“Flurries early, pristine and pearly. Winter’s come calling!
Old Farmers Almanac, 2013
Sadly there are also stories of power outages, burst pipes and over-stressed heating systems as well as overloaded shelters and stranded travelers. I suppose then that complaining about small inconveniences is totally unacceptable.
“Embrace the weather, child, and you’ll understand the balance of the world.”
Let me just say I’m looking forward to next week 😊.