Back when I lived in North Dakota, every winter the blizzards were so frequent that the locals had taken to giving them a name just to keep track of them all. Easy to keep count by what letter of the alphabet was being used for the latest storm. Not sure yet if they have that practice in SW Kansas, but most
would agree that this week’s “Blizzard Alpha” was a dozy.
Million dollar snowfalls like this one are precious and need to be fully appreciated for the moisture they’re adding to our fields, crops, and aquifer systems. The day or two of inconvenience is well worth the water it brings.
The folks in our town are pro’s at dealing with this too. Grocery stores were packed the evening before the scheduled snow storm. At best, they ran out of milk, but most of the other supplies were still well stocked on the shelves. Lines at the gas pumps were long and for the most part friendly.
Weather forecasting is an art, as well as a science, and the folks around here seem to get it right. Earlier this week I was sitting in a meeting with 50 degree temperatures outside and listening to the Superintendent of our local school district letting us know that they were anticipating and planning for
a couple of snow days. Schools were cancelled the next couple of days. A contact at the weather service seems to know a lot of folks around town.
Thursday, while driving early in the morning to the chamber office, I noticed that several garbage trucks were already out on the snow packed streets getting their jobs done. Despite warnings from local authorities to limit driving around town, our snow removal service was busy clearing our parking lot
and sidewalks. Local business owner, Michael Brakey was predicting a 30+ hour workday for his snow clearing crews. Gives new meaning to the old saying about “making money while the snow flies.”
Heck, even the mailman walked in with the day’s mail. Neither rain, nor sleet, nor “Blizzard Alpha” kept him from his appointed rounds!
As a newcomer to our community, I’m very impressed with how our community managed to make it through the first big storm of 2013.
As you know, I try to recognize individuals in our community for their great customer service and pleasant attitudes. This week I’d like to recognize the cast and crew from the Depot Theater production of “Bus Stop.” What a great performance and entertaining evening, and then when I went to exit the
theater, the entire cast was there to greet the patrons and shake their hands. Great job everyone!