#150 – The Great White South

Photo taken: March 2, 2014

Ooooooooooooooooooooooklahoma, where the….. um….. snow comes sweeping down the plain?  Now Oklahoma is not really a Southern state per se, but it probably fancies itself as one… and it sure as hell deals with winter weather like Dixie does.  This was the Frozen-like scene from my hotel room on the morning I was supposed to go back home from my most recent trip to Norman, Oklahoma for an annual get-together with people I know from my other internet home.  You can see the traces of snow, and yes, that snow is layered on a sheet of ice.  I can also inform you that the current temperature in that scene is a few ticks below 10 degrees F… and I swear this is really central Oklahoma in the first week of March!  This brutal winter storm and the state’s utter inability to recover from it forced me to stay an extra day… and even 24 hours later the driving conditions were still horrific.  At least until the moment I hit the Missouri border where they don’t pretend winter never happens.  I am so done with the South…

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10 Responses to #150 – The Great White South

  1. I’ve herd those ie storms are brutal. I wouldn’t know about them since (that is when it in fact does snow) we just get buried like a proper snowstorm would do. But with the blistering heat a snowy/icy storm {almost} looks refreshing. ☺️

    • Ice storms are bad enough for driving, but the main problem they cause is bringing down power lines either due to ice coated tree limbs falling on them, or the lines themselves being so caked in ice that they come down. We’re in that in-between part of the country that is very prone to getting the dreaded wintry mix… and we’ve had some doozies. None quite like the one that hit the night of the last day of November 2006 where we got HEAVY rains while the temperature was in the upper 20’s. It looked winter wonderland beautiful outside the next day, but the power was out on a very cold day for almost half the area!

  2. draliman says:

    It’s the ice underneath that does you in…

  3. Is that really a snowstorm? It looks like a dusting … unless, as Draliman said, there’s a layer of ice underneath.

    • It’s snow on top of a thick layer of ice. I had too run the defroster in the car for almost 20 minutes to loosen it up enough to clear the rest of it off the windows. I’d have gladly just taken a snowstorm… even with a shitty plowing job, I don’t worry too much about driving in just snow.

  4. Trisha says:

    Being from weather-wimpy Washington State, I can’t say a word about Oklahoma’s inability to deal with those weather conditions! Those temps and that ice would have caused an 8-10 hour commute from hell in some places, cars in ditches everywhere and then after that, every time the thermometer dipped anywhere near freezing, county trucks would sand the hell out of the roads, whether there was any moisture to freeze on them or not. You would laugh your ass off if you watched the news coverage of one of our winter “storms!”

    • I’ll bet! Of course, news coverage of snow storms has gone out of control even in places where we do get our share of winter storms. Apparently the murders and robberies and political scandals stop and wait for the snow to fall before continuing again…

      • Trisha says:

        LOL, yeah, here too. Even hypothetical snow that reporters stand in the darkness waiting for. They cut to them, “well, as you can see, the snow hasn’t started falling yet….” But it’s still the top story.

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