Pretty much everyone has been keeping up with the news of weather in Texas over this past week. It’s been a nasty week for them, with all the snow, bitter cold and power outages. I’ve read stories of people whose houses are literally freezing inside, where putting food on the counter is colder than in the fridge. Hell, I saw a video of a guy’s house where his ceiling fan had icicles hanging from it! Grocery stores are decimated from people buying everything in sight. Water pipes are freezing and bursting. Roads have been icy and treacherous, like in the 100+ car-pileup on Interstate 35 around Ft. Worth, TX.
I’m not going to go into the global warming/climate change malarkey right now. People will believe what they believe. I’m simply making an observation about what seems to be the predominant pattern of weather in the US. I’ve noticed that whenever a storm descends from the North Pole, it always goes east. The Rocky Mountains seemingly act as a barrier, keeping things away from the West. Everything goes East and South. So, while Texas and the Midwest have been freezing their asses off, southern Utah has been in the 50s.
Storms that come over Utah will come south, but stop around Cedar City. The “Black Ridge”, at around milepost 30 of Interstate 15, is the virtual end-of-the-road. California gets their rain and whatnot, but they go as far as Las Vegas.
Then there’s this bubble in extreme southwest Utah. I’ve often joked that there is a dome over this area that seems to keep everything out—except wind. I’ve seen winters here where there was nary a drop of rain nor flake of snow, but there was a hell of a lot of wind. I believe it was in 2019 that the area I live in received absolutely no rain for 155 consecutive days, from June until Thanksgiving. Five months of nothing but heat and dryness. I realize this is the edge of the Mojave Desert, but gimme a fucking break! Why is it that rain is really hard to come by, and snow practically non-existent? I mean, I love the cold weather, and winter should not be seeing 60 – 70°, or higher. Not to mention the 100 – 115° that prevails here from late May/early June until nearly October.
Once in a while, however, like in August 2020, we get too much of a good thing. Back in August, we got like 2” of rain within a couple of hours, and St. George, UT, streets turned into rivers. Interstate 15 was completely shut down for several hours due to flooding—traffic was diverted off, then back on around the flooded area. The parking lot of one hotel became a huge crater because of a sinkhole. Yeah, that was a huge mess.
Granted, I hate the heat, but I would also not want to be in extreme cold, with freezing water pipes, and without food or power. I do not envy the situation in Texas. I wish everyone there the best. Texas is not normally a place that sees substantial snow and subzero weather. If you are in a situation to assist financially, please do so. They need everything they can get. Also, check in with any family or friends you may have there. The weather seems to be going bonkers, and Mother Nature is giving everyone a huge middle finger right about now.
I now leave you today’s quote:
“Sometimes it takes a natural disaster to reveal a social disaster.”– Jim Wallis