Three snowy thoughts:
- Extreme snow edition #1: circa 1982/3/4, the middle of Iowa: the worst snow event I can recall happening to me was somewhere in high school. I recall being a part of a high school debate/speech team event where I ended up being stranded for at least a couple of nights with classmates and chaperons in some ridiculously small Iowa town and equally ridiculous small town motel. I remember it was about 8 people to a room, we could only eat at the deli counter at Hy-Vee for some reason, and the David Lynch movie The Elephant Man was on repeatedly on HBO or some such thing.
- Any number of snowy memories/tortures blur together. There were many other storms in Iowa, including a drive back to the University of Iowa from Cedar Falls on quasi-closed interstates with a classmate who I can’t remember: I do recall coming back the Sunday after Thanksgiving only to find the university closed on that Monday. I remember several times in Richmond, VA, where the (comparably modest) snow and/or ice and/or snow ended any sort of normal interaction in the city. There was a terrible storm in Bowling Green that included -20 degree weather, snow like crazy, canceled classes, etc. I am sure there were other such experiences I’m forgetting.
- And now we have this latest event, which is easily the most hyped snow event in recent memory. I’m writing/thinking about this post long before this turns truly ugly, but I have to wonder if it’s possible for any weather event to live up to these expectations. I suppose tomorrow morning will tell.