Stop, collaborate and listen. The northeast is expecting the winter storm of a lifetime. So far, local meteorologists are predicting Louisville to expect mostly rain. The brunt of the storm will slap St. Louis, Chicago, and Indiana. Indianapolis was told to batten down the hatches. Bread and milk is sure to fill every northern home.
Meteorologists are predicting an event similar to that of the Ice Storm of 2009. Icing on the cake, a windstorm to follow. Before I go off the deep end on discussing my disdain for winter, I have to admit the severity of the predicted storm is not to be questioned. Be safe on the roads, layer up if you have to go outside, and check on elderly neighbors. This storm’s going to go down in history.
You know it’s serious when even the meteorologists seem to frazzled, their reports frantic and ever-changing. The six o’clock news is a one man show, running from radar to computer, tapping the snow and ice dance. Although, as I mentioned earlier, Louisville is expected to escape the confrontation, I can’t help but travel back in time to my freshman year of college. They didn’t predict an ice storm for Louisville that year either. Comforting.
It was unlike anything I had ever seen, or heard. Trees that normally stood twenty-five feet tall were weighed completely down, their topmost branches lounging on neighbors’ lawns. The eerie quietness was broken every so often by branches falling through the air landing on houses, cars, and many roadways. Up until now I never thought I’d see a similar sight. But as I check our local news stations’ weather blog updates, and the storm inches farther south, I’m thinking I might have the terrible luck to witness two major ice events.Any other day of the year, a ten foot tree in my parents’ front yard. 2009.
Indiana officials have acknowledged the storm threat, but are telling reporters there’s not much to be done about ice. Streets can be brined to help dissolve snow, but the government can’t exactly order warm temperatures and sun. Even if they could, it would probably be on back order.
The storm that’s already being referred to as catastrophic and life-threatening, will bring much unwanted attention to surrounding areas. In the time before and during the storm, there will be a realistic concern for citizens’ lives. After all is said and done, power crews will earn hundreds of hours in overtime trying to restore power to affected areas. Sound like a beautiful Winter Wonderland? Only if you’re Perry Como.