Facebook recently reminded me of our winter “adventure” back in 2014.
Around this date, we had lots of snow, extreme icing, and a deadly wind chill. The state was under an emergency winter alert where no one was allowed to go out as the wind chill had dropped so low you’d risk freezing your skin off. Sections of interstates were closed down, and travel was restricted to emergency personnel only.
“A powerful storm system brought heavy snow and near blizzard conditions to much of central Indiana on January 5, with a mix of rain and snow across southeast sections of the area. After the snow diminished during the evening, arctic air plunged into the area on strong winds. Temperatures plummeted and significant blowing and drifting of snow occurred. Temperatures remained below zero for over 24 hours at many locations, with wind chills around 40 below zero at times. Temperatures reached levels that had not been seen in 20 years. The snow and cold created dangerous travel conditions across much of Indiana and surrounding areas. Sections of interstates were closed down, and travel was restricted to emergency personnel only. Schools were closed for a week across parts of central Indiana.”-weather.gov
However, this was all we got the other day; it is the most snow we’ve had to date, but not nearly as bad as 2014.
I was also reminded that week my son just happened to be stranded at a hotel up in Indianapolis, during a state youth conference. They were trying to get food to their room and everyone was huddled together risking running to their cars for items. He told us the minute they attempted a short run, they couldn’t feel their face.
And of course, my son brought not ONE winter clothing item with him.
Hat? Gloves? Scarf? NOPE.
Of course not…ugh…
He’s a guy in his 20s, am I right?!
I also had my daughter visiting from Georgia. She was quickly reminded why she moved south, to begin with. She NEVER has liked Indiana weather.
It has always rained on her birthday. Overcast skies made her sad. Easter egg hunting was usually out.
Yeah, visiting her cousins (in the south) made me lose my youngest at an early age. She graduated from high school and off she went!
So, I was secretly happy that she couldn’t leave, perhaps for days! 🙂
The Scrabble games we had started ended up being a week-long tourney!
I never played so much Scrabble in ALL.MY.LIFE!!!
My husband played most of his life, so he’s an
expert Nazi about the rules.
Luckily, we still had power while others did not.
You always need food.
But, we had to go rescue the son and brave the slick roads, as we weren’t so sure his car would do well on the ice. And, we had to move the car as the daily parking was racking up fast!
That trip should’ve taken 2 hrs (roundtrip), but it was MUCH LONGER at a creep.
We all safely arrived back home for more Scrabble.
Then, Facebook pictures started leaking out as to how hard they all had it up there stranded in that horrible, awful, Indianapolis hotel.
When I first moved from California, we experienced the blizzard of ’78. What a shock that was for us southern Cali kids! I remembered going out with my dad to rescue people trapped in their homes unable to leave their driveways. He had a big plow on the front of his truck, and he’d just lower his huge blade down the middle of the highway. We were the only ones on the road. It was kind of eery.
As of right now, the temps continue to be down right frigid but I don’t think we’ll see much more snow this week.
So, as much as I love the look of the new, fallen, snow, I’m also thinking it’s time we also looked south. These winters are just killing my skin and eyes, and it is not fun. (Yeah, I wasn’t made for dry winters, if you’ve read my health blog, I’m basically a lizard.)
I’m actually thinking I wasn’t really made for this EARTH…always something.
Even when it’s 13 degrees out, my house is still set at 62º because this forced heat is just a killin’ me!
Now my son is married and looking to move south as well.
I’m thinking my first grandkids might be in Georgia…the south is callin’ my name! 😉
Hubby cannot retire soon enough!