Friday, February 8, 2013:
What may or may not be a “historic event,” the “storm of a century”, is in progress outside our house — and all over the Northeast of the United States. The snow began lightly, a few flakes here, a few flakes there, by eight in the morning. It’s now a few minutes until 4 pm, and it’s beginning to get its back into it. We have a steady snowfall, it’s steadily thickening, and there are already three or more inches on the ground. The prediction is for 18 to 24 inches, and it’s doing its best so far.
There are several elements that qualify a storm as a blizzard: deep and heavy snow, extreme cold, high winds, and significant length of duration. Two out of four so far — with no question about the duration. The snow is forecast to continue unabated well into tomorrow. Wind, though, is the worst, because it brings in its wake drifting and the blowing snow of white-outs and power outages. So we’ll keep our fingers crossed that three will be sufficient to placate the weather gods.
In a blizzard, or near-blizzard, or simply a heavy snowstorm, there’s not a whole lot to be seen. So far it’s actually serene on our street. I took two videos on my iPhone that captured the quiet (a gentle hiss is all that’s heard) and the serenity — but my tech klutziness makes it impossible to imbed them. Here’s a still photo instead:
That’s the best I can do for you. It’s up to you to imagine the camera panning slowly and silently across the expanse of white, imagine the gentle hiss. Then imagine the hot mulled cider and cookies I’m about to fix. Because when winter treats us like this, we’re entitled to treat ourselves.
May you be warm, dry, and safe wherever you are this day!
(Thanks to my tech guru Rebekah, I may succeed in posting a video. Here goes:)