A State in Paralysis

A State in Paralysis

Iowa City : IA : USA | Dec 09, 2009 at 6:26 PM PST
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A Lone Snowman on the Pentacrest

Officially, it isn't even winter, not until December 22, but Iowans aren't believing that for a second. After 10 inches of snow and now 40 mph winds whipping the white stuff into four foot drifts. Roads are blocked, schools are closed, and the pace of life slows to a snail's pace.

According to the news reports, this storm has affected 46 of the 50 United States. Not everyone has experienced blinding snow. Hawaii had record waves making surfers incredibly excited. Californians were blessed with much needed rain. The Midwesterns are digging out of white, fluffy stuff. Now the East Coast is awaiting the arrival of the storm.

This is the biggest blizzard in 30 years. Today the three Iowa public Universities cancelled classes along with nearly every school district in the state. Tonight the winds will gust to 50 miles an hour with the temperatures plummeting below zero. That is not including the wind chill numbers, which is the way the air feels on the skin. Those are expected to bottom out near -35 degrees Fahrenheit.

Perhaps this is the price paid for a very mild, pleasant October and November. In fact, temperatures in the 50s and 60s were not uncommon in the past few months. Now the question remains: what will this Iowa winter bring? Will it be a long, cold, snowy blizzard, or will the snow disappear by Christmas morn causing us to wish for the White Christmas?

For now, I will savor the slower pace and enjoy the joy in my sons' screams of glee that school is cancelled for yet another day. Too bad my office remains open...I will be at work tomorrow.

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Clinton Street, newly plowed with snow piled in the center lane.
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