LET IT SNOW!

BLOG #4, SERIES #6
WEDNESDAYS WITH DR. JOE
LET IT SNOW!
January 28, 2015

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What magic resides in those four letters! Especially since snow appears to be withdrawing from our world. As the global temperature grows hotter and hotter, we see such phenomena as the proverbial “snows of Kilamanjaro” in Africa drying up; even the Iditarod’s thousand-mile sled-dog race was forced to race much of the way on dirt because of so little snow last year; the polar bears in the North struggling to survive as arctic ice-packs melt earlier each year; opening up the long ice-locked Northwest Passage to ships; this melting placing at risk Narwhals–now Killer
Whales can corner them and kill them because there is no longer enough ice to shelter them; even the Himalayas are losing their life-giving snow.

Notice how this week, the entire Northeast all but shut down because an epic blizzard was roaring in. New York City completely shut down (including planes, trains, autos–except for emergency vehicles). 7,000 flights were cancelled. Funny it was to see Matt Lauer and his team walking to work, and he lying down in the middle of Fifth Avenue doing a snow angel in the snow. But instead of two to three feet, the city received only 6.2 inches! All the news people were psyched up for great visuals as their people reported in standing waist-deep in snow; instead, they had to do interviews from so little snow it didn’t even cover their shoe-tops. Of course it was deeper further north.

In Maryland, just the threat of a storm causes school districts to shut down for “snow days” that may or may not be snowy. Here in Colorado’s Front Range, any possibility that there might be a few flakes falling later on in the week is cause for jubilation among weather-forecasters desperate for ratings surges: every so many minutes they tell their listeners that “later on,” they’ll tell them how much snow will fall. Rarely are they right–but listeners like us listen anyway. Especially the kids who love snow days.

As for us, we revel in the sight of falling snow. At night, we’ll sit by the fireplace staring into the flames, offset by staring outside at the floodlight-illumined falling snow. I even enjoy shoveling it–as long as it’s not so deep it all but buries us!

And many people either live here or travel here in order to participate in the annual snowfalls. Interstate 70 out of Denver routinely grinds to a near halt as thousands of skiers head to the mountains.

And what would Christmas stories be without snow? Amazing how many incorporate that element as part of the story-line.

Out our northern windows, we can see the mountains (crowned by Long’s and Meeker peaks) of the Rocky Mountain National Park some eighty miles away. What an incredible difference between late-summer’s brown and winter’s pristine white! Takes one’s breath away just to  at it.

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So let’s all treasure snow while we still have it, revel in it whenever we have the chance.

Thank God for snow!

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  1. I love the snow too but so far this year it’s been minimal here. I was glad to read you call it a “treasure” because it is. As you wrote, there is great value in it for all of God’s creatures.

  2. Dr. Wheeler, Thank you so much for your article on snow. I know I almost always have to muse when they say a big snow storm is coming. I can’t help wonder if they do this, put all this hype on the news, just to drum up more business for the super markets, and other like sources, as people rush to stock up on food and supplies they probably don’t need just to tide them over. 🙂

    Thank you for sharing! Enjoy your snow in Colorado for us here in Virginia too.

    Take care and have a pleasant day!
    Sherry

  3. I know it is good for the environment, but I really don’t like snow !!!

  4. Having lived in Minnesota for 15 years, I witnessed a white Christmas every year. Now that I live in Northern California I never see any, but about two hours away, in South Lake Tahoe, you can see all the snow you want. I guess I like it this way, because I can tell you some very harrowing snow stories that I personally encountered in Minnesota. I came within a foot of dying more than once. I really do not want wish to live in the snowbelt again, but I do like to see it snow on Christmas. After all, “if it doesn’t snow on Christmas how is Santa gonna get around”?


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