Friday, March 07, 2008

The Blizzard of 2008

According to Wikipedia, a blizzard is a severe winter storm condition characterized by low temperatures, strong winds, and heavy blowing snow. Blizzards are formed when a high pressure system, also known as a ridge, interacts with a low pressure system; this results in the advection of air from the high pressure zone into the low pressure area. The term blizzard is sometimes misused by news media to describe a large winter storm that does not actually satisfy official blizzard criteria.

And from the national weather service: A BLIZZARD WARNING!!!!

I was actually surprised when I turned on the news and found out that we were having a blizzard. Having been in the house all day, all I saw was pretty snow and no traffic going up or down our usually well traveled street. One of Emily's friends spent the night last night and is now "stranded" with us, but the house is quiet, outside the sounds of a coughing Will (his asthma is acting up) and a stuffy headed baby. We are safe, have food, drink and toilet paper, so barring a power outage, we should be able to weather the storm quite comfortably!

So what will the blizzard of 2008 mean? I have no idea...tomorrow we will venture out in the snow and play....I vaguely remember the last blizzard to hit our area, way back in the late 1970's and walking home in the snow in my uniform skirt when the closed school early. I remember the snow being to the top of the car (most likely from a snowplow than real snowfall, but as a kid I just remember thinking it was so high!)

1 comment:

jewlsntexas said...

Hey Laura -
I was going to add your blog to my Google reader - but can't because your RSS feed is not enabled. Not sure you want it that way - but just wanted to let you know.
I'm Julie F from the RCU list!