Wednesday, January 29, 2014

SUNNY ARIZONA - PARALYZED ATLANTA

The sun is continuing to shine, though through thinly partly cloudy skies. I think I shot this picture yesterday.



But it is supposed to be overcast tomorrow. Friday a 40 percent chance of rain is forecast as the temperature plummets to 55 degrees. I'd like to see the rain.

Atlanta, Georgia, meanwhile, is in gridlock after an unusual snowstorm brought two inches of snow yesterday.  TWO INCHES! When I lived in North Dakota we'd call that a snow SHOWER! People might drive a little bit slower but nothing else would change.

TWO INCHES of snow.  Sheesh!  Of course they did get ice after the snow.  So the pictures on television this morning were of hundreds of cars and semi-trucks totally stopped on the freeways. People, the news pundits say, have been TRAPPED in their CARS for 24 hours and longer because no one can move.  

A Home Depot store put up dozens of others who couldn't leave because of the STORM!

The National Guard is patrolling the highways, handing out bottled water and Meals Ready to Eat to the poor folks TRAPPED in their cars.

The news media is after the scalps of the Governor, the Mayor, the Police Chief, the head of street maintenance.  Anyone in fact who let this TRAGEDY occur.

I moved to Arizona to escape all the snow and cold weather.  But then I moved to a higher elevation in the state and we occasionally have snowstorms here.  But even with 4, 5, 6 inches of snow on the ground, people just keep going or they stay home.

May my guardian angels protect me from ever going to Atlanta in the wintertime.

17 comments:

  1. Two inches of snow is a lot if you don't have snow tires. I know, but I do have snow tires.

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    1. I used to drive all winter without snow tires.

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    2. If there was any snow I bet you did some slipping and sliding.

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    3. Oh sure, Steve, but I kept on going and didn't have to spend my night in my car.

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  2. Hard to believe indeed, that a city can be paralyzed by 2 inches of snow. Those folks need lessons.

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  3. I feel very fortunate to enjoy the weather we have here in Portland. A bit of rain doesn't seem so bad anymore.

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    1. A bit of rain . . no, a lot of rain . . would be very welcome here in Arizona right now. But then, it IS a desert.

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  4. Come on guys, talking about the weather is supposed to be a British preoccupation. :)

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    1. I don't know about the other guys but I'm half British. (And half Norwegian.)

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  5. I've never been shut in, or out, by ice or snow. What worries me when I'm out in that type weather is everyone else who is oblivious of how to drive on it. THEY are the ones I'm afraid of.

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  6. Even a foot of snow doesn't stop many Montanans. Love the white tiger!!!

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    1. Now THAT'S what I'm talkin' about! Yeah, I'm fond of that kitty, too.

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  7. Pay attention to the weather around you, and you will rarely be at the mercy of mother nature or city govt incompetence. Stupid is as stupid does.....

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    1. Almost exactly what I was saying tonight. These people are wailing about how they had no warning yet here I sit in Arizona watching the evening news and they were warning about it two days ahead of time.

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  8. It's all in your expectations, I guess. In some locations, streets are without storm drain systems and 3 inches of rain is enough to flood every street and freeway in the area. Two inches in Minnesota is nothing, of course, but we go berserk in a summer hot spell that makes you in Arizona shrug.

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