So last week, as Hurricane “Sandy” was making her devastating journey up the east coast of the USA, those of us who live inland in a coastal state, as Hubs and I do, here in North Carolina, were given the dire warning that a major winter storm, bringing with it lots of snow was headed our way. When a winter storm is broadcast on area TV, they are given in one of two forms: a “winter storm watch,” or a “winter storm warning.” A watch means that the possibility of a major winter storm is present. It basically means (at least to me), “Relax! Whatever might be coming is probably minor.” A winter storm warning is serious business according to the weather forecasters. Like the title of this post, we are warned to be ready for the worst, winter-storm-wise. Even during the “watch” phases, there is a run on basic staples at the grocery stores; as you can imagine, the run becomes a stampede when we receive a storm “warning.”
Because “Sandy” was causing a lot of trouble on the upper east coast of the US, even though it was not looking stormy around us, the warnings were serious and frequent because the forecast was that “Sandy” would be meeting up and combining herself with a couple of other weather fronts coming from the west, one of which was a cold front. This predicted combination gave “Sandy” the nickname of “Frankenstorm.” Coming around the time of Halloween had something to do with the name, which otherwise might have been another “Perfect Storm,” or yet another “Storm of the Century,” none of which sound like a pleasant day is on the way.
Of course, for many it wasn’t. Not even a pleasant two or three days, or week, and for parts of New Jersey and New York, there is a lot of unpleasantness still with them, and still to come. Prayers and emergency aid of all sorts are needed. Pray for, and keep these people in your hearts and minds.
For us, however, and those immediately surrounding us, there was no storm. Period. We had less than an inch of snow, which fell over several hours. and melted not long after the sun rose on Halloween eve morning (10/30). There is an odd thing about where we live, though, because within as little as a mile or two, around two feet of snow fell, (and though the elevation where it fell was somewhat higher – we are at about 3300 feet above sea level), whereas most of the surrounding area had little or none. This happens frequently around here. It will absolutely pour rain for an hour or so, and less than ten miles away, there won’t even be any clouds, and vice versa. The road toward our house will be drenched in places, and bone dry in others. It seems that the way the mountains are configured around us, the weather is truly scattered – if you’ve ever wondered what “scattered storms” means, then come live with us, and you will find out. Weird. By the way. the snow that fell around us did not last long either. Because of the large amount, it melted away a bit more slowly than that at our house, but since today the temperatures are in the 70’s, there is little doubt that if any snow is left, it won’t be for long. So, I close today’s post with a photo of our first snow. If you look carefully, you will see some snow there, even though the photo was taken about two hours after sunrise, but you will see it if you look carefully enough. . .