Just Say "Uncle" This Winter

Tony is waving the white flag on this "Endless" Winter of 2010.

“Uncle” Snow Makes

In my school days, when you wrestled with a friend in a battle of strength, there came a time when the strongest person (not me) would beat his foe (me) into submission. When all hope was lost and you were beaten to the point of exhaustion, you would yell “uncle” and the fight was over. You lost!

Well on this snowy President’s Day eve, I am crying “UNCLE” and bowing to a better opponent. Old Man Winter has outlasted even me, the consummate snow lover. Enough is enough!

This winter of 2009-2010 may not set any records for total snow (Charleston sitting near 45” for the season, you would have to more than double that total to get to the 106.5” you measured in the winter of 1996), but the longevity of the cold and snow now make this a memorable year.

Since December 1st (the start of meteorological winter) by my count it has snowed or flurried on 35 of 77 days. What is even more impressive, the number of sledding days in my neighborhood is now at a whopping 15. During a normal season, we are lucky to have 5 good ones.

Did I mention we still have at least 2 harsh weeks of this to go through?

On this Monday evening, snow is peppering down area-wide with a fine powdery spray dousing the region. Here this evening, most areas have added an inch or 2 with roads now thoroughly snow covered and slick.

While the main storm center has passed to the east, a cold conveyor belt of moist air is in place and set to snow upon us most of the day on Tuesday. While the intensity of the snow will vary, most areas will have 3 or 4 inches fresh inches on the ground by sundown Tuesday.

If you live in Northeastern Kentucky from the Industrial Highway westward, and in Interior Southern Ohio, you already had 4 on the ground. There some meadows will measure as much as 10 inches.

The wildcard in the snow forecast will be the ability to blow and drift the “sugar grain” snow around. With blustery winds topping to 25 miles per hour, I expect to hear of 2 foot snow drifts on Tuesday.

IWith school closings coming in so fast that our newsroom people are scurrying to update the news ticker it’s a slam dunk most districts will extend the Presidential holiday weekend another day.

So on this President's Day 2010, I salute all our weather savvy chief executives including Jefferson who kept a daily weather log at Monticello and Harry Truman who began all his days in the White House with a personal briefing from a member of the National Weather Service. My kind of presidents!

I leave you with the e-picture of snow on the beach at Myrtle’s Grand Strand from this past Saturday. Thanks to Joe Powers for sending the majestic shot.
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