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Life in the Cryosphere

Calling all Batman fans! Tonight’s blog deals with one of the most dastardly villains the Caped Crusader ever waged battle with. I am of course talking about Mr. Freeze.

Played by among others, Otto Preminger, Mr. Freeze lived in a world of perpetual ice and snow. His laser gun would inflict a lethal chill on all good guys who dared to jail him.

How I wish I could live in that grey and arctic world of permafrost and icicles! That is what the Cryosphere is all about; namely, a world locked in snow and ice year-round!

Funny, but this week’s snow and ice storm has locked us in the Cryosphere for a few days. From the snow that glistens when the sun smartly shines, to the crackle of the ice in the teeth of the north wind, our climate is breathtaking to live in now.

From the glazed over side streets that are caked in ice to the hideous power outs that have thousands still without power, our world is stressful these days.

On my walk around the frozen lake today, I spent my time reminiscing about winter storms of my youth. I had on no headphones to distract me, just a warm toboggan and a heavy winter parka as I relived those thrilling days of yesteryear.

My mind wandered as I marveled at the new ice formation around the lake. Would I be lacing up my hockey blades this weekend I wondered? The 1978 trilogy of storms that brought my neighborhood in Philly 20 inches of snow and a breathtaking ice storm in a week came to mind. Frankly this pattern in 2009 is identical to that blockbuster week 31 years ago.

You see, no sooner will we have this week’s three snowfalls behind us (a light snow will freshly coat the ground on Friday), that the makings of a massive Eastern North American snowstorm is in the cards for next week.

In time this next storm will earn red blooded Blizzard status and will cripple life for a few days in areas that feel the full brunt of its polar chill. In effect some area in a crescent from Knoxville to Boston to Detroit will be buried by the Blizzard of 2009.

Yes, we are in the heart of that crescent of potential heavy snow, high winds and plummeting temperatures. But the storm doesn’t exist right now. It is a mere figment of my imagination. It is a gleam in the eyes of our supercomputers which collectively agree a big storm is brewing next week.

Like the curvaceous Yvonne Craig of Batgirl fame, the storm looks great on paper. But face it, until Mr. Freeze himself snorts his arctic breathe down our necks, nothing is set in stone.

By the way, I enjoyed the original Batman series, rooting every week for the Dynamic Dou to be blown away. If it wasn’t Mr. Freeze, surely it would be the Riddler or Joker who would succeed I thought.

But somehow Batman and Robin managed to squirm thru every POW, CRUNCH, ZAP and SMASH thrown their way. I came away every Tuesday and Thursday so mad. The Dynamic Nit-Wits had made it thru.

For fellow Blizzard fans, time will tell if the forecast for the big one fizzles out or becomes the Real McCoy. It’s no different than cheering for the demise of Batman and Robin.

By the way, I do feel for people who are without power. In fact, I spent a cold night in my house on Wednesday when the power went out. In no way do I wish ice and snow upon anyone. But I became a meteorologist because I had an intense interest in winter weather as a kid.

My fascination with snow and ice continues 40 years later as I admit it, winter is my favorite season and I am still a kid at heart. Hey Batgirl, want to go sledding with me?
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