#SOL20: Unfortunately/ Fortunately

Unfortunately:

It is past the middle of October. October weather is fickle. Sometimes the first snow has fallen before Halloween. More often than not, the first “measurable snowfall” occurs much later.

This warning yesterday was not unexpected. Last week the ten day forecast showed snow . . .

for Thursday . . .

NOT for Monday.

This tweet also showed up in my weather alerts but I dismissed it. Not my problem. Not my part of the state. (Little did I know that it would be a part of my “What on Earth Should I Write About” slice today.)

A snow squall. We had just discussed this in a Twitter group last week when there were snow squalls in Canada. Words, meanings, and application.

Snow squall in Iowa on October 19, 2020. Ironic?

Straight across Iowa. Straight across I-80. The line typically between ice and snow.

The same line that the derecho followed in August. Every other month weather occurrences. Two months and nine days apart. Freaky!

Fortunately:

North of me,

Knock on wood,

Not my part of the state.

An hour away.

Sigh of relief and thankfulness.

Weather changes . . . How do they impact adults? How do they impact students, families and communities? How do our reactions contribute to our own physical and mental security? How are we REALLY coping with all the stresses in our lives?

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7 responses

  1. As you know, we’ve been in the cone of hurricanes only 44 days apart. It’s that kind of year. Stay warm and stay safe. At least for us once hurricane season is over, things are pretty calm weather wise.

    1. Yes, you have had your share of weather as well! Ready for the calm

  2. Last week there was a microburst in our neighborhood and a huge tree in my back yard went down. We had no idea it was about to happen. The storm came out of nowhere. I was teaching and literally hit the deck when I heard and felt the boom. Tree guy said – 4 inches in either direction would have been big trouble. Not ready for snow … I am going to pretend I did not read your slice. Hope you are well.

    1. I saw your post and picture. Like a perfectly landed tree. Just not prepared for winter yet!

  3. Weather changes are happening everywhere. Last week it was raining here so heavily and it was like being in the middle of the monsoon season, instead of being at the end of it .

    1. Crazy weather keeps us on our toes!

  4. Having traveled I-80 weather in other parts of the country interest us more since we have a better grasp of what the land is like. The weather is strange this year. We have had frosty mornings but afternoon highs in the 70’s.

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