Don’t fret over No-PocalypseBy BRYAN DAVIS EDITOR,
Well, you can’t spell the word snow without the word no.
And thus, another No-Pocalypse has come and gone.
It’s funny how winter storms that do occur in the Deep South are often more debilitating than the really big ones you see north of Nashville.
Just the threat of a snowstorm tends to paralyze us, even if nothing materializes.
My older brother Chris and his family currently live in Indianapolis, which has received, not only a foot of snow in the past month, but also sub-zero wind chills.
From the Midwest to the Northeast, the United States has been pounded with extreme cold and snow this winter. Those areas are often hit the hardest this time of year.
And yet, they get up every morning and go to work, and they even brave the frigid temps to build snowmen.
But in the Deep South, a rainstorm, followed by 26 degree temps and a threat of a quarter of an inch of snow can cause a complete freeze of all normal operations. Pun intended.
The reason is that we are simply not prepared for snow and ice. It’s not economical to be prepared for a wintry mix.
Southern snow storms come so rarely, if they materialize at all, that it makes no sense for us to invest money in the machines and resources that are available in the northern part of the U.S.
So, when bridges threaten to freeze in Sunflower County, there’s not much else we can do other than just stay off of them until temperatures inevitably return to 85 degrees within a few hours of the threat.
The trademark of a good Southern snowstorm is when it comes like a thief in the night.
Why would it be called a “snowpocalypse” if you were able to see it coming?
Some of the best snow memories of my youth occurred when the weatherman said, “the snow is going to go north or south of Yazoo County,” only to wake up the next morning to find three or four inches of snow on the ground.
I recall one storm from the early 90s that crossed the river and just hovered over central Mississippi for an entire day without moving.
WAPT Meteorologist David Hartman was dumbfounded. We were quite happy.
For those of you students, and teachers, who were praying hard for the snow to come this week, don’t give up hope.
The best Southern snowstorms always come when you least expect them.