At the end of January, a deep freeze aka polar vortex with below zero temperatures hit regions, including Iowa, Chicago---27 degrees.
Not to forget the Sierra Nevada, specifically Mammoth Lakes celebrated 11 feet of snow. And these sobering incidents are just a few of the countless super chilling (pun intended) happenings like watching a thriller film on T.V. called “Wicked Weather.”
But, but, but we have about 21,000 residents. During this epic snowfall, tourists invaded our town. We were not ready for it.
Worse, authorities pleaded folks to not come because the roads were closed, over-crowded, not snow plowed, and inadequate causing mega gridlock. And locals couldn't leave their homes to go to work, tourists tried to take back roads to get out. Chaos and disruption. Can you imagine if a firestorm or major earthquake happened? No way out! [It did happen. The Caldor Fire followed a few years later. Mandatory evacuation. But since I predict these things, left town a week prior.]
The inconvenient truth is, this year it seems with global warming and global cooling or climate change, you never know exactly what you’re going to get, with respect to Forrest Gump’s words. One more thing. Sometimes, when too much of a good thing happens, it tests humanity. And novelty can bring out the best or worst in mankind.