Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Trumpets of the Sky


~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today's Weather Report: Trumpets or not, the snow has arrived in the form of a blizzard slamming the Upper Midwest with 8 to 18 inches of snow. In Seeley, we are expecting 12 inches--smack-dab in the middle. It is the perfect temperature for falling snow at 21 degrees Fahrenheit. Amazingly, a review of the historical record showed that the high for December 11th in this area was 59 degrees and the low -36 degrees--nearly 100 degrees difference! Intrigued, I looked at each month and found that all the winter months showed the same 100 degree spread while summer months did not. This is one reason we like it so well in the northwoods--extremes in our seasons adds to the diversity of life, which translates into interesting and exciting. Sometimes it leads to odd cases of insanity as well. Listen to this. A Minneapolis man donned four layers of winter-wear and picked this very day to sit on the top of a Minneapolis coffee shop to raise $100,000 for his daughter's private school. Mid-morning he had raised half the money with the hopes the other half would come in soon and quipped: "I think I've crossed the line into insanity." He said it, I didn't. Mind you, he is in a tent surrounded by hay bales in a double-insulated sleeping bag, but a blizzard is a blizzard in these parts. The intrepid father might have to tunnel out by the time the final dollar is raised and, thus, might consider making the last contribution himself and heading home to the warmth of a fireplace. He will have to decide quickly, though, since road closures are expected and dangerous cold is forecast when the snow ends.