Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Anticipating snowy Wednesday

For those living elsewhere, we are bone dry in Oklahoma. Wildfires are a constant threat these days and over 60 homes have been destroyed in the past two weeks. One fatality, as far as we know.

So the forecast for 2 to 7 inches of snow -- when it comes to Oklahoma the forecasting of snow is a very imprecise thing -- is quite welcome, particularly when they give us 70 to 80 percent odds in favor. Snow doesn't run off so quickly, melts into the earth and is better than rain for replenishing the water table.

Granted that ours is most likely a minority viewpoint among most Oklahomans who, for reasons we still do not understand after all these years, seem to view snow like it was pure sulfuric acid falling from the sky. In most years we don't get a lot of it, more ice and freezing rain than snow, and maybe that's a good thing.

But we'd give our eyeteeth to be shooshing down the slopes of some Colorado mountain this Christmas. Oklahoma has its hills, though not one durn lift.


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