Brutal Cold Ahead, just ask Red Men

Tony made his annual trip to Rio Grande U to speak to the SE Ohio Safety Council. His frozen pipe forecast caught many off guard.

Red Men to Turn Blue in Bitter Cold

When you have been on the rubber chicken circuit as long as I have (30 years and counting), you come to appreciate a good lunch during your public appearances. So as I traveled the Bob Evans Highway through Gallia County Ohio today, my thoughts were as much as being down on the Homestead with Bob and Jewell enjoying breakfast as they were on what I would say during my time at the University of Rio Grande.

So it was that I pulled into the home of the Red Men for my annual winter weather seminar with the Southeast Ohio Safety Board.

The campus reminds one of a small town with quaint houses on one side of the road into town and the college on the other. As I parked in the student lot, I marveled at the panoramic view of the snow covered soccer fields in the distance. The Red Men just two weeks ago had earned their way to the nationals in Texas. As I closed my eyes, I envisioned a frozen snowfield next week that would make a great ice hockey rink and cross country skiing venue!

More on the lunch later, but for my faithful readers, I want you to know what I told the 50 or so business safety officers who attended. “Folks, we are in for the coldest spell of December weather in 20 years and the piercing arctic air be punctuated by several polar snowfalls”, I chimed as I showed my pet European model’s solution to next week’s weather using the Internet and an overhead.

“I expect near zero degree temperatures with biting wind chills next week and if we lay a nice snow cover down, there is a chance we go 10 even 20 below on the thermometer. If you remember Christmas 1989, this looks like a repeat”, I added. Indeed the Red Men will be Blue (as in cold) Men next week.

A murmur spread across the banquet hall then things then went dead quiet. No wonder since folks quickly realized that type of cold will threaten pipes and disrupt business and industry, IF IT COMES TRUE.

As I laid out the weekend and next week scenario, I made a case for an ice up Sunday (as rain changes to snow), followed by an accumulating snow. Then comes the cold wave starting Sunday night.

By the way, we dined on a moist and tender chicken with baked beans and potatoes. I would have taken a doggy bag, expect we scarfed down the culinary delight leaving behind just some empty serving plates!

As my friends like to say, "Tony will do anything for food!"

That's Stephanie Harbour of Holtzer Clinic and me posing in front of next week's weather map!
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