Southern winters

You can tell it’s an election year when politicians go way overboard to show they’re handling issues in a timely manner.

For example, everybody knows how Atlanta shut down when 2 inches of snow/ice fell over the metro area.  It got so bad that people abandoned their cars on the interstate highways and walked home or somewhere to get out of the weather.

There were all kind of jokes made at Atlanta’s expense.  Some of them were quite funny to me.

So, when the opportunity came around for Gov. Deal to get a do-over, he did not let his second chance go to waste.  When the second snow/ice storm came through, there were no traffic jams.  There were no cars abandoned on the highway.  There were no kids left in school overnight.  The governor called a state of emergency more than a day before the first drop of winter weather hit the state.  GEMA and the GADOT were on the ball with dealing with the weather as well.  How well did they do??

Here’s two photos taken by me at 8:30 last Thursday morning when we still had snow falling.

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Here’s two photos taken of the same areas by me at 4:15 that same afternoon.

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Notice the change??  Nobody’s going to accuse Gov. Deal of dropping the ball this time.  That’s how you respond to and clear winter weather.  When there’s no snow/ice to drive on, there are no accidents waiting to happen.

At this point, I should inform that Gov. Deal and/or any Georgia official or workers had anything to do with clearing the snow and ice like that.  My true intent was to show one of the reasons why many people in the South don’t drive well in winter conditions.  When snow and ice doesn’t last more than a few hours, there isn’t much time to get any practice driving in those conditions.  I can remember most snow events following this same pattern all my life with a few exceptions.  Snow and ice usually only lasts 2 days in this part of the country, and if you’re lucky, you can get 3 days with the stuff hanging around.

If you think I’m attempting to deceive with those photos or it’s a trick, take a look at the roofs of the houses and the shadowed areas.  You can still see the remnants of snow that had not melted by that time.  The temperature was 28 degrees when I took the first photos, and it was in the mid 40s when I took the second ones.  I wish I had time-lapse video of that day to see just how that happened.  I live on the southern side of the metro area, so we did not get much snow until that morning.  We had a good deal of ice before the snow fell though.

So, if you’re wondering why many people in the South can’t seem to drive well during winter weather conditions, part of it is due to the lack of practice time.  I doubt that will stop the jokes, but that’s not a problem as long as they’re funny.

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2 thoughts on “Southern winters

  1. We still had patches of snow here and there as late as yesterday. The old folks ’round these parts always said if lays on the ground 3 days, it’s waiting on more. I can remember Granny talking about snow being on the ground for 2 weeks, back in 1917.

    My true intent was to show one of the reasons why many people in the South don’t drive well in winter conditions.

    I thoroughly enjoyed watching TV and seeing those fine exhibitions of winter driving skills on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, the other day. 😉

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    • LOL!!!!! Pennsylvania, Indiana, and others as well. Driving under those conditions is difficult, even when you get ample practice time. We see it here when it rains. When you drive outside of the conditions, you have to pay the price.

      My oldest was upset that the snow disappeared so fast. Every time she hears the weather calling for snow up north, she gets sad that we’re not going to get any. She’s caught between wanting more snow and not wanting me to get stuck at work because of more snow.

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