Our Journey Raising Two Children with Special Needs

This blog chronicles our life raising two children, Nicholas 14, diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome and Weston 17, diagnosed with Autism/Asperger's/ADHD. It's the ups, the downs, the joys, the sorrows and most importantly, the beauty of living a life less perfect, a life more meaningful.




Tuesday, February 1, 2011

2 Days, 2 Storms, 2 Feet of Snow

We have over 2 feet of frozen snow on the ground. In the next 2 days, we are getting hit with 2 back-to-back snow storms with an expected accumulation of another 2 feet of snow. Since Christmas, we have been averaging a major snow storm every 3 to 5 days, with another storm expected on Saturday. Folks around here are using a term called "Snow Fatigue".


Insane amounts of snow require insane amounts of shoveling and digging out. Excessive snow falls and frigid temperatures cause dangerous amounts of snow to accumulate on roofs, decks and porches. There have been several reports of roof collapses in our area. Cities and towns are running out of places to put all the white stuff.

Apparently the culprit is an unpredictable phenomenon called the North Atlantic Oscillation, an integration of subtropical highs and polar lows that control the flow of air along the East Coast. The colder air turns precipitation that would normally fall as rain into snow - even in the south. The result here in our area has been a never-ending pattern of snow storms, foot after foot of snow, followed by frigid temperatures. I have lived in this area most of my life and cannot recall a more snowy and cold winter.

I think the only one still happy about all of this...is, of course, Nicholas, with his eternal love of fireplaces. Trust me when I say, we have had quite a few of these.....






I suppose it could be worse..........................