Saturday, January 26, 2013

Always Winter, never Christmas

This is another weather post. Sorry.

It’s so weird. We have all these songs about White Christmas and all the Christmas pictures have wintery scenes, but technically, Christmas is at the beginning of Winter and we’re still easing into Winter, yet Christmas seems to be the pinnacle of Winter when it’s only just the beginning. (Wow, that was a run-on sentence!) 

So once Christmas is over, that’s when winter is really settling in and we have all this winter weather with nothing to celebrate, therefore, January is just like Narnia before Aslan returns; Always Winter, never Christmas. Has anyone else thought of this before?

I can’t remember more than one sunny day so far this year. Sure, the sun has been out, but with the inversion, it’s really hard to see it. It’s been so cold that my bones hurt, and all I want to do is hunker down and not go anywhere or do anything, yet regular life dictates that I get up and go to work and help the boys with their homework and cook food and deal with all the daily things.

Thursday was the ultimate – we had freezing rain. I got a text from DH at 6:30 am saying “stay home” because of the road conditions. Freezing rain is not normal here in Utah, but with the inversion, the rain was coming down in the warmer air above, going through the inversion and landing on the freezing land below and instantly freezing. It looks super cool – everything coated in ice. It would be great if we didn’t have to leave our houses for things like work and school. I had to chip my car out of the ice twice that day.

Michigan gets ice storms. I remember the first time I saw one. I thought it was great because it was raining and it would wash all the snow away; that’s what happens to snow in British Columbia. Silly, naïve Canadian. The entire area gets coated in ice. It’s cool because then the sun comes out and it looks like a crystal fairy land, but it’s super dangerous. Not only is it slippery, but there’s the falling icicles and tree limbs to worry about too.

Everything looks cool because the snow and everything else is all shiny now and looks fake. We didn’t get enough of a storm to clear out the inversion, but it’s cleaned it up enough that temperatures are at least above freezing. The roads are cleared up enough that they’re not scary to drive on, so at least I can get around without having a panic attack.

I still wish we could just close everything down in January and hibernate.

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