That’s the tempurature reported on TV a short while ago. Not what we generally expect down here. I grew up in Minnesota and later spent five years in Chicagoland. Winters in both places are cold, hard and long. Not my cup of tea, so when my husband was transfereed to Texas by his employer, I was overjoyed. But right now I feel like I’m back in Minnesota. The huge storm that’s sweeping across the country dumped several inches of sleet and snow on us yesterday — not nearly as much as our northern neighbors are getting, but a lot in an area where snowplows and sanding trucks are far fewer than up north. Worse still, temperatures are the coldest we’ve experienced in fifteen years. The power companies have instituted rolling blackouts around the state in order to prevent the power grid from crashing. These blackouts are supposed to last only 15-20 minutes, but according to one report, some folks have been without power for hours.
Does this brutal winter remind you of the Dennis Quaid movie The Day After Tomorrow? It does me. Yes, I know that film was an extreme exaggeration of what global warming could bring about, but it’s glaringly obvious from worldwide weather events over the past few years that OUR CLIMATE IS CHANGING!