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Things could be worse

February 2, 2011 - Rob Weaver
The first time I tried to scoop snow this morning, my shovel bounced off the frozen surface. After failed second and third attempts -- while reaching out the back door -- I thought I might need a different tool. Explosives, perhaps.

Then I stepped outside and broke the icy crust with a boot, which allowed me to begin the snow-removal chore. Inside the house, coffee was brewing, the lights were on and the heating ducts were circulating warm air. As birds competed for seeds on and below a backyard feeder, I realized the winter storm could have been worse for our area.

The drive to work reinforced that conclusion. A stiff wind was snapping the flags at automobile dealerships, but little snow was blowing; the layer of frozen precipitation on top confined most flakes to where they had fallen.

Then, I arrived at work to read this wire-service story:

Restoring power from Ohio storm could take days CLEVELAND (AP) — Power customers in Ohio are being warned it could take days to clear up outages left behind by an ice storm. Utilities reported that some 170,000 Ohio homes and businesses had no electricity Wednesday afternoon. That was down from more than 200,000 earlier in the day. ...

So I will count my blessings and be grateful we didn’t have to crank the press by hand early this morning, especially because we’ve been short-handed in the office the past few days. Our readers might take comfort in knowing a pair of weather-forecasting woodchucks predicted an early spring.

Down in Marion, Buckeye Chuck didn’t cast a shadow the morning of Groundhog Day, while Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania didn’t see his silhouette, either.

Now, all I have to do yet is make it home safely. ...


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