Tag: Winter

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Recently, some of my friends dreamed aloud about a cross-country pipeline moving water and snow away from flooded or snow-plagued areas to regions suffering from drought.  Rather than shovel excess snow into useless piles until it finally melts and swamps the city, why not transport it somewhere dry? What might be the most efficient way […]

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I can’t remember if Pennsylvania’s most famous rodent saw his shadow or not a couple weeks ago but – for those of us who reside north of the Nashville meet up – we are definitely experiencing six more weeks of winter. Given the extremely cold temperatures I hope that the poor little fur ball is […]

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Update From The Snowy North

 

Boston doesn’t often make weather-related headlines. We’re far enough north to be safe from most hurricanes, and we’re sufficiently coastal and temperate to be spared the worst of New England winters. In the seven years I’ve lived here, the city’s dodged storm after storm that have left our neighbors in all directions badly damaged. Boston seemed weirdly blessed.

Then it started snowing a few weeks ago.

When Should School Close Due to Weather (Or, How I Learned to Love a Polar Vortex)?

 

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Now in my mid-thirties, I feel quite the old crank telling my kids that they don’t know what it was like for me growing up. Heck, I had to rewind my movies when I was done watching them, roll down my car window manually, and — while waiting for the kiddy cocktail at the restaurant — had to make do with crayons and a Xeroxed placemat rather than the latest cellular-based gaming device.

Well, I have another one to add to the list: school closings. In Chicago, we are on our second day in a row of school being closed due to “unforeseen cold weather.” Come on. I’ve lived in Chicago most of my life and — in spite of all the climate models — we generally experience pretty cold weather this time of the season.

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They say that when you have a wood stove the firewood warms you twice: when you stack it and when you burn it. Judging from the approximately seven cords of uncut 25-foot-long logs piled by the side of my barn, I’ll be warmed at least three times: When I cut it, when I stack it, […]

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One of my favorite discoveries of the past year was this simple song, “Half Acre” by Hem. While listening to it and reading Christmas remembrances on Ricochet, I felt the urge to write another poem. The original idea was what a Southern boy like myself with very little experience of snow might think of this magical stuff […]

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In Montana, winter is really here. So no more country walks on sunny afternoons and long twilights. Every winter, I get back to my indoor way of getting exercise, and do I ever need it–I have a sit-down job, and that coupled with the sleepiness brought on by cloudy days keeps me nailed to my chair […]

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