During the weeks since I started this travel blog, the weather has repeatedly made it almost impossible – if not unpleasant – for me to travel beyond my own front door. Ironic no?
Today – another blizzard – and I for yet another day, I haven’t gone past our stoop (from where I’ve urged our dog Ernie to hurry up and do her business so we can both go back inside.) School was again closed and the kids are home, again. The snow is so high, I’ve lost count of the total inches, or more accurately, total feet. And tomorrow the high temp is supposed to be -3 and the low temp, a shocking -18, with the temperatures even worse in northern Iowa. It’s a good thing environmentalists have traded in the phrase “global warming” for “climate change.”
Takemewithyou, anywhere warm and less snowy.
We will be lucky if we can make it out of our neighborhood today after 14.5 inches of snow – and it’s still falling and blowing. (see numbers below). Here in Iowa we’re having our worst storm since 1996 and it’s a beaut. D and I tried walking the dog last night and although the snow was gorgeous – up to our knees in parts – it hurt when flakes blew into our eyes, sort of like being hit by specks of glass. Our house windows look like the set of a Dickens movie – all frosted up, with snow piled several inches high on the ledges. The tree branches are etched with snow and here’s hoping they don’t sag and break from the weight (which could mean a power outage). Must dig out candles and flashlights just in case.
No outdoor dining today
The Storm …By The Numbers
Winds 45-50 mph after 3 a.m. through noon
12-14 inch totals with 8-15 foot drifts
Snowfall done by around 11 a.m. Wednesday in Des Moines
Wind chills today will be 10-20 degrees below zero