A blizzard ... in California?! I saw the headlines on my AOL Welcome Screen and automatically thought this was an east coast thing. What's up with California and natural disasters this year? Fires, earthquakes, rain storms, mudslides, flash-floods even drought are all to be [sadly] "expected" ... but blizzards?
I know most people think I'm a big baby when I bundle up in fleece, a snow-vest, scarf, hat and gloves - especially since I grew up in sub-degree winter temps. But, aside from physical pain, there is nothing more uncomfortable for me than being cold! I work outside. I have to dress warm. And now that I read about blizzards up north, it doesn't seem so far-fetched that this past week has felt exceptionally cold for Southern California.
There's a reason I live here... and it ain't for the snow! Whoever says we don't get seasons, is sorely mistaken. Our seasons just may not be as drastic as in other parts of the country.
There are times when I miss the fun of the snow. [note: I said the "fun of the snow" - I do not miss the scraping, salting, sanding, car-stalling, ice-slipping, brain-numbing lifestyle, right there at my front door.] It's nice to know if I get really lonely for a dose of frostbite, I can drive a couple of hours up the mountains and get a quick-fix! In all honesty, I've never been to the California snow. Perhaps I'll get there this year.
A few years ago I spent a winter in the mountains of North Carolina. The first snow fall was beautiful. After that, I was painfully reminded about why I choose not to live in it. The bitter cold makes me crazy! About as crazy as the sweltering humidity in summer. The seasonal temps seem to get more and more extreme as each year passes.
All that said, and all that the state of California has seen this year, it wouldn't surprise me a bit if we were to see snow fall in Los Angeles this year! Hey, at least I'll be dressed for it.