In America the ice-storm is an event. And it is not an event which one is careless about. When it comes, the news flies from room to room in the house, there are bangings on the doors, and shoutings, “The ice-storm! the ice-storm!” and even the laziest sleepers throw off the covers and join the rush for the windows.
- Mark Twain, Following the Equator
I’m guessing many of you had the same big storm go through this past week that we had here at Chiot’s Run. There’s something quite beautiful about waking up after an ice storm, everything is dripping in beautiful crystals. I posted some photos on my blog earlier this week, but I was able to head out and get more photos later in the day, I always love taking photos after an ice storm.
Ice storms are the worst of the weather we get here, they’re dangerous for driving and we often lose power. This storm was no different, all the local schools were closed and not a soul was out on the roads. We lost power overnight and no power in the winter usually means no heat for a lot of folks. We’re lucky to live in a small well insulated house so it didn’t get that cold in our 24 hrs sans power. We do have an emergency heater we can bring in from the garage, but that wasn’t needed this time around.
Down here in Tennessee, we were completely missed by the major winter storm that hit the rest of the nation. It doesn’t take much to close our schools and roads down thoug, and we Yankee transplants often joke about that fact. The truth is that rain quickly turns to ice during the winter months down here, and the last place I’d want to be is on one of the back roads in the hills when it’s slippery.
Did you get any ice from the storm system? What’s the worst weather you get where you live?