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Topic: Once in a Blue Moon (01/06/11)

TITLE: Snow Storm in Atlanta


Snow in Atlanta occurs very rarely. We had snow at Christmas time this past year. The last recorded snowfall at Christmas happened in 1887. I have lived in Atlanta Georgia, since 2000 and have never seen snow like this, ever. In fact, when friends up North would tell me how excited they were when they got snow I would brag, ďYep, nothing but rain here. I donít have to mess with it.Ē Now, we, the residents of Atlanta Georgia, are having a major snow/ice storm. There is 5 inches of snow on my sidewalk. I look out at the street from my bedroom window and I see a single set of tire tracks. The snowstorm has impacted everyone. People arenít even going to work, including myself. Everyone in my neighborhood is staying inside except for one car. Snow in the North is a common occurrence and the communities up above the Mason-Dixon Line can handle it. Here, in the deep South it is so rare that no one plans for it. I, thank God, donít even own a snow shovel.

Not having a snow shovel can be beneficial. One thing I like about not having a snow shovel; no one can nag me to go out and shovel the walk. Besides, in the south, if you wait a few days the snow just melts away. There is also the problem of physical exertion. How many heart attacks occur because someone had to shovel their driveway? I have heard horrible stories of men who go out to shovel their walk and they end up at the hospital after a heart attack. Snow can be heavy. If one is not careful one could easily strain their back lifting heavy snow. Owning a snow shovel is like having a loaded gun that has no safety mechanism. Enough of the pitfalls of owning a snow shovel. But what do you do if you canít go to work, you canít shovel snow, and you are at home?

The natural immediate logical response is to turn over and sleep. However, others actually venture out at 4 am and take pictures of snow. They then transfer the pictures to the Internet so their pictures are broadcast over websites for others to enjoy. This morning, Iíve seen pictures of small children, dogs and cats, and adults enjoying the snow storm Ė it is only 7:30 am. Up North, when I was young, we would actually eat snow. We would make snow cones. The only snow cones I have seen in the South are from vendors selling flavor colored ice. People can stay inside and play board games. This is a great time to actually read. One can do taxes, pay bills, write letters, or surf the web. One can try to figure out how to keep the kids occupied for a whole snow day.

The residents in Atlanta donít plan for snow, but they deal with it. The weather forecasters can predict the snow storm several days in advance. This gives everyone a chance to stock up on groceries, medication, rent videos, and hit the library for books. Over lunch yesterday, the joke was, everyone wants French toast during a snow storm because they stock up on bread, milk, and eggs. This joke was told to me by someone from snow strafed Pennsylvania. The radio commentators, instead of talking politics, war, and economics, talk snow. The commentators constantly monitors snow and traffic conditions so everyone knows exactly what the weather is like beyond their immediate residence. If aliens landed from a distant planet I donít think there would be any less news coverage from commentators besides this snow fall. We donít have snow shovels, but we have patience to wait out the storm. I donít have snow boots but I have rain boots that work just as well. Most people are prepared for a loss in electricity due to disasters. Other disasters such as hurricanes and tornadoes prepare southerners for power outages besides ice. Most of my friends have kerosene heaters, flashlights, fireplaces, and gas logs in case the heat in their house goes out.

When you are stuck inside on a cold miserable day it is an excellent opportunity to reflect on the many blessings of Christ. And, of course, one can just sit and watch the snowfall. Who knows when the next blizzard will hit Atlanta Ė it might be once in a blue moon.

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Megan Starbuck01/13/11
I'm not far from Atlanta, so I had fun reading this article. I could really relate to it...esp. the part about the rain boots! I even had French toast. :) That's cool how you incorporated all of that with this week's topic.
Lisa Harris01/13/11
Enjoyed your piece on Snow time in Atlanta! I, also live in Atlanta and am enjoying the time at home so much. I think you pretty much nailed it...thanks!!!
diana kay01/13/11
i had heard about all the snow in the USA this year. I live in England "right by London and we had really deep snow in this area so much that the Heathrow and Gatwick airport ground to a halt. Thanks for this interesting "once in a blue moon piece
Verna Mull 01/15/11
I was a little amused at the tragedy of one snow storm as I lived in Iowa many years and we plowed a lot of snow. One of my biggest shocks came when we moved to Arizona in the winters and discovered that all it took to keep people home from church here was a little rain. We seldom missed church in Iowa inspite of 6 foot drifts. I am sure that it is a lot more de-mobilizing where it is such a seldom occurance. Good job of telling us about it!