After checking the national weather and seeing the temperatures on the East Coast: -16 in Boston, I will not complain about the 20 degrees here in East Texas, although my animals were complaining big time, especially the goat and the sheep. Both were shivering like mad when I went out to give them some hay and bust out the ice on their water pans.
This is a strong storm that has brought all the freezing temperatures and hit the Midwest and East Coast with such an impact, but I am a bit surprised, and amused, that the media has named it. I guess simply calling it a winter storm isn’t enough for the folks who bring us the news. Naming it Winter Storm Hercules makes it sound much more significant, although I’m sure the people who are experiencing the blizzard conditions and extreme cold are finding the storm significant enough without having to give it a name.
Remember when only hurricanes were named? I wonder if we will now start naming tornadoes and those really horrific thunderstorms that sweep across the country. That might justify the hours and hours spent on reporting the weather. Last night’s newscasts, both local and national, led with the weather, and maybe there could have been a better balance between that and other news. Just a thought.
|A reminder that spring will come again.|
Fun From the Funny Papers – First from Heart of the City by Mark Tatulli
|Image courtesy of My Recipes.com – You can make this with or without brandy, but brandy does keep you warm.|
Do you have plans for the weekend that will take you outside? I’m hoping to stay indoors as much as possible. This is a good time to find a good book and curl up under a Snuggie.