Almost everyone living east of the Mississippi River was talking about the weather over the weekend. Eighty-five million people were affected by extreme weather during the last few days. Many folks experienced historic weather statistics. This time the weather forecasters hit the bulls-eye! Around noon on Saturday, New York City was getting about 3 inches of snow an hour.
As the quotation above points out, a lot of people like snow. A lot of people don’t. The snow that blanketed the U.S. south and northeast over the weekend was definitely more than just a snow. Authorities called it deadly. Tens of thousands of people lost electricity, transportation was halted, and coastal flooding occurred in New Jersey.
Thankfully, we didn’t get any of that where I live. Our biggest yearly weather threat is tornadoes and, closer to our coastline, hurricanes. Usually, we receive ample warning for either of these natural weather events. To further aid us, our state has made available to her citizens The Emergency Handbook, a guide to weather preparedness, an iBook available as a free download from www.aces.edu/emergency.
Some ask why the handbook is only available as a digital resource. Authorities answered, “Most of us don’t go anywhere without our phone or our tablet. It just made sense to put this resource where it would be in people’s hands all the time.” Another sign of our electronically saturated environment. (But that’s a topic for another time.)
Even when folks are warned of impending bad weather and take necessary precautions, they still must, in some cases, suffer through it. Seeing those in need during bad weather offers opportunity to remember to love our neighbors. To lend a hand, if possible, to help during the weather event and in the aftermath and recovery from hostile weather. To pray for God’s protection.
To those of you who like snow, I hope you’ve been able to enjoy it. To those of us who don’t like snow, it will eventually melt. Sooner or later spring will return.
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