And so this is the way of things. We were enjoying a mild, unsuspecting December when the storm hit. It began with rain, then as the temperature dropped, it turned to sleet, providing a lovely foundation of ice on the roads. Then the mercury in the thermometer fell a few more degrees and it snowed. Only about 3-6 inches, which is hardly anything in some parts of the continent. But it was enough.
The snowplows were awoken from their long summer of slumber and dutifully cleared the snow away, but that left the ice. So the salt trucks then made their rounds, and the ice began to melt. Ah, but this storm had one more trick to play. The temperature then plummeted to single digits with sub-zero wind chill, freezing all the melted ice and leaving a *double* layer of icy treachery on the roads. Large tractor-trailer trucks could not even make it up hills. Highways were closed. Byways were closed. Schools were closed.
Even now, two days later, braking is problematic and schools are still closed. The storm has created lots and lots of work for insurance claim adjusters, auto body repair shops, emergency medical personnel, and mechanics fixing anti-lock brakes. And this is how living in Michigan helps our economy. And this was really just a small storm. You hope it's not a harbinger for the rest of the season.
Meanwhile, for your Tuesday link, here's 15 things you've probably gotten wrong.
EVERYDAY ITEMS QUIZ
1. On the United States flag, what color is the top stripe?
2. Whose face is on a dime?
3. How many sides does a Stop sign have?
4. Are a book's even-numbered pages on the left or on the right?
5. How many lug nuts are on a standard car wheel?
6. On the back of a $1.00 bill, what is in the center?
7. How many curves in a standard paper clip?
[Answers at the very bottom of post]
WORDS for YOUR WEEK: "Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home." (Edith Sitwell)
Answers: 1. Red - 2. Roosevelt - 3. Eight - 4. Left - 5. Five - 6. The word ONE - 7. Three 1. Red - 2. Roosevelt - 3. Eight - 4. Left - 5. Five - 6. The word ONE - 7. Three