Hours before Sunday dawned with continuous weather coverage on the Oklahoma City television stations, I went online to see what meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Norman had to say about the incoming winter storm.
The first thing I noticed was they projected a snowfall total of 5 to 7 inches – less than half the amount the TV guys had been saying for several days would hit Central Oklahoma.
Not that I’m complaining they were so far off the mark.
Bill and I picked up a few extra groceries Friday after work and Saturday I bought 200 extra pounds of horse feed and a round hay bale, ensuring the pasture ornaments would have plenty of provisions in the event we were snowed in.
But checking back with the TV stations as Sunday wore on was interesting.
There were video clips of frostbitten reporters showing drifts measuring at most 5 to 6 inches deep, not 5 to 6 feet. Viewers who sent in images of their lawns under a dusting of snow were told on air that the storm was ongoing and the big snow was still coming and bringing with it record snow amounts.
The part of the forecast that the weather guys nailed was the deep freeze. Bitter cold, check. Biting winds, check. Brutal wind chill, check.
From three years in Germany, the Army moved us to Columbus, Ohio, where we lived six years.
I know cold. And winter. And not seeing the ground for weeks or months at a time.
That knowledge is why I now live in Oklahoma.
Among my most memorable winter moments in Ohio was the year the mercury never budged above 20 below zero for more than a week. In that part of the country, there’s no such thing as school closings for snow or ice.
But they closed school that year because the water mains buried deep in the Ohio soil were freezing.
I can tell you from experience when you’ve been that cold for that many days, it feels like the balmiest spring day when the temperature climbs to 30 or higher.
Here’s hoping that’s another part of the forecast the TV guys get right. I’ve had my week of Oklahoma winter and I’m ready for the thaw.
How about you?