You've probably heard the term, "Snowpocalypse" by now. If you haven't, it's the tongue-in-cheek moniker given to the recent waves of arctic fronts that have moved through the country, specifically referring to the southern states.
Make fun if you must, but be aware that we Southerners are really not used to this kind of weather and are certainly not prepared to deal with it. We don't have snow tires or chains in the garage. We don't have thermal underwear, big coats, gloves, scarves, hats and boots on hand. So, it is a bit inconvenient when things like this happen, which is not very often.
And yes, many of us are whiners. When the temperature dips below 60F, we complain. When it gets down into the 20s, we freak out - especially if there's precipitation involved. Schools have been cancelled twice in my area now, but there are real reasons. Since we are not prepared for this weather, it is unsafe for buses to drive over icy overpasses and streets with their precious cargo. People who had to go into work witnessed first-hand the many accidents that occurred all over the area because the city doesn't have rock salt on hand, and drivers don't have snow tires or chains. Of course, if Houston drivers freak out when it sprinkles, just imagine what happens when it ices or snows!
To keep this article on the lighter side, may I proudly present Snowpocalypse 2014: Yes, we're wimps, but we're proud of it...and let's see YOU survive our summers! OK, that was a long name, but you get the picture. Click on the slideshow and take a look at these links:
Hopefully, now you understand how traumatic this is for us. Donations for disaster relief can be sent to the Governor of Texas.*
*Don't really send Rick Perry money. You never know what he'd do with it.