Actually, Saturday and most of Sunday weren’t bad, but It started snowing (and blowing fairly hard), Sunday night and continued all day Monday, only stopping early Tuesday morning with almost 12” (11.9”) officially at the airport. This (note 11+”) was by our back porch.
Still, it’s probably fair to say that real “Omaha” winter hasn’t set in yet. That is, we haven’t had days with a high temperature of -15° and a 30+mph wind! So, it will almost certainly get worse before it gets enough better to be “nice” in any realistic way. I confess, it’s enough like winter to suit me. I really don’t mind the cold weather so much, as long as I can stay in and the furnace works. I do not like to have to deal with packed snow, ice, traffic snarls, and, eventually, the inevitable potholes in the streets. Nor do I like shoveling snow (especially with my arthritic knees), nor watching Bonnie do it. Thankfully, we have a couple of neighbor kids who are happy to make a bit of money by “scooping” (as they say around here) snow off various neighbors’ sidewalks and driveways. I guess that about the only “good” thing I see about the COVID situation is that I am considered “at risk,” so it’s perfectly acceptable for me to not go out unless I absolutely must. So, I don’t, nor does Bonnie, unless it’s really necessary. Anyway, I got to thinking about winter, driving, etc., and decided to do a post about such things. Enjoy!
I have noticed that quite a wide variety of people are more than willing to offer advice about how one should drive during winter conditions. I am reminded of one of our neighbors in Sylva/Cullowhee (who had come up from Alabama) who thought that the best way to deal with snow on our (rather steep) hill was to get out and run up and down the hill a few times in his pickup to “pack the snow down real good.” This was one of the reasons why we parked our car at the bottom of the hill during bad weather for several years.
Still, apparently not everyone in the southern states has mistaken ideas about bad weather driving. For example, there’s this weather guy from a CBS station somewhere in North Carolina who recognizes good winter weather driving advice when he sees it, even on Twitter.
On the other hand, there ARE some parents who have solved the problem of their children wanting to “borrow” the car all the time through a simple, and obvious, process.
In the meantime, here’s a question to ponder -- You are driving in a car at a constant speed. On your left side is a 'drop off', (The ground is 18-20 inches below the level you are traveling on), and on your right side is a fire engine traveling at the same speed as you. In front of you is a galloping horse, which is the same size as your car, and you cannot overtake it. Behind you is a galloping zebra. Both the horse and zebra are also traveling at the same speed as you. What must you do to safely get out of this highly dangerous situation? (If you can’t figure it out, the answer is provided below.)
I’ll be back in a couple of weeks, if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise. Or perhaps I should make some provision for blizzards and snow?