Friday, January 12, 2007


I feel bad.

I ran around like a Chicken Little without a head crying 'The Storm of the Century is coming!  The Storm of the Century is coming!'  Most people laughed at me.  Most people still are, especially since the storm, which was originally scheduled to move in overnight, shifted directions and is now taking a more northeasterly slant leaving us with just the milder outter edge of the system.

For me that is awesome.  For me that is wonderful news.

For Rocky, one of the few people who heeded my warning, it is devastating.  She had so much faith in my prediction that she went to school and warned all of her friends about 'The Storm of the Century'.  All of the Jr. High kids eagerly awaited yet another snow day to be announced this morning, which would come at the beginning of a holiday weekend - that would mean a 4 day weekend.

Perhaps... maybe for the students in Texas, Oklahoma, or Missouri, but not for the students in Colorado Springs.

Poor Rocky is too embarrassed to realize that we have been spared what could be a really devastating snow storm.  Southern parts of the state were hit yesterday.  Just the blowing snow alone caused numerous accidents.  The snow that is falling ever so lightly here even as I type has placed a thin layer of ice over all the roads making them trecherous.  With the wind chill factor it is -5° outside.  It is bone chilling cold, and icy but there was no snow day today.  Not even a 2 hour delay.  Poor Rocky feels she has let her classmates down.

And I feel like I have let poor Rocky down.  I can take the teasing.  I'm used to it, but my little girl isn't, she has not yet grown a thick hide. 

But it is early yet.  The worst of the weather isn't even due here until later in the afternoon, with heavy snow falling (maybe) overnight, then lightening up by morning.  The kids won't get their snow day today but we aren't out of the woods yet.  There is still the potential for some pretty dangerous weather conditions and I for one don't want to be out on the roads if I don't really have to be. 

Even though I still believe the prediction made by the friend of an acquaintance, I have decided to leave the weather reporting and predictions to the meteorologists who get paid to make fools of themselves.   In the future if a tip comes my way again, I shall still consider the source and make necessary preparations.  I just won't be as vocal about sharing the information... for Rocky's sake... until her hide thickens.


ecco69 said...

It is just amazing how much snow you are getting and even more so that we haven't even had 1 flake yet this winter here on Long Island.  I am NOT complaining at all.  Even the temperature has been very warm... Damn it was almost 70 here on Saturday.  Today is 40.  I know how much they want their snow days..... Hell, my kids would just take snow.  They miss not throwing snowballs at each other.  Tell Rocky not to listen to you anymore cause you are a "little Chicken little"

lazarai said...

Well, living in the land of storms and hurricanes, I can tell you to just thank the lord that you were wrong. Here in Florida, every single summer practically, we are warned about a terrible hurricane (or two, or three, or more)...on its way....heading straight for us! We either run out to the store to stock up on supplies, or grab the kids and pets, and head out of state. And quite often, that storm never comes. And ya know, we never really mind about the forecasters who've cried wolf....we are just so very thankful that they were wrong!!

So celebrate, Dorn! Be glad you're here to tell that story.

:) Carol

deshelestraci said...

Aw poor Rocky.  Those middle school years are so hard.  Chalk it up to a learning experience!

jckfrstross said...

aww poor Rocky tell her to keep predicting she is bound to hit it on one of these crazy storms. there is always next week:) it seems like every thursday friday and saturday another storm hits. tell her to get the farmers almanac and check it out. up here we are out of ice slicer,salt and sand and mag so the roads are going to be fun.


princesssaurora said...

Oh poor Rocky!  Of course, most other Colorodians are sick of snow...but she looks so sad.  :(  I am glad that you were spared it being so horrible... be safe in what is coming to visit.

be well,

midwestvintage said...

Poor Rocky.  She looks so cute.  You have to say it like the weather men do.  We have a 50/50 chance of some really bad weather or it might just be pretty good depending on where you are and what time of day it is and if venus if circling Mars.


astaryth said...

Brrrrrrrr.... try to stay warm! I was watching the weather on CNN this morning and it looks like the whole Midwest is going to take another beating.

cinisoul said...

There is a possible Ice Storm headed our way. We had one in 2003 and the big one in 1991. The way the one of the meteorologists is saying it, this storm is coming, but it can be like either one of the storms that I lived to see.

I should be in bed because I have to be at work at 7am, and it is going to be a heck of a day. I walk so I bet could chart the number of times that I will slip and slide. Hope your second storm wasn't serious.


hestiahomeschool said...

We get snow days if an inch of snow  falls. Really.  Or at least a two hour delay. and if it sleets they get early release from school...of course, no one around here ever learns to drive in snow.

helmswondermom said...

Poor Rocky! {{hugs}}
Glad you guys didn't get the worst of it, though.