Wikipedia:” Ice Storm”
Ice Storms happen when a warm cloud rains above a layer of colder air. This lowers the temperature of the droplets to below zero, however they remain in a liquid state. The supercooled droplets freeze into ice on impact when they fall onto a surface the temperature of which is close to, or below, freezing. This freezing rain covers everything with heavy, smooth glazed ice. Ice-covered roads become slippery and dangerous. In addition to hazardous driving conditions, branches or even whole trees may break from the weight of ice. Even without overhead tree branches, the weight of ice itself can snap power lines. Just one quarter of an inch of ice accumulation, can add about 500 pounds of weight per line span, leaving people without power for days or weeks. Damage from ice storms is highly capable of shutting down entire metropolitan areas.
(i had to look all that up, because i didn’t understand why ice storms were such a big deal in texas)
We live in the DFW metroplex, and i can account for the “entire metropolitan area shutting down” because of an ice storm. most of the time the weather here is absolutely beautiful (except for the 3 months in the summer when the blazing heat will all but kill you), but the other 9 months you can pretty much count on very mild, comfortable weather. a few days out of the year though, you can also count on an ice storm or two, to cause a frenzy.
these are typical headlines in the news in the month of january:
Roads iced over; hundreds of crashes reported…6 dead after Texas ice storm…600 residential outages reported in North Texas…Flight delays…Business and school closing alerts…
what? business and school closings? now i’m from utah, and never in my life did a business or school close on account of the weather. it could have snowed 6 feet, and you had to shovel your car out of the snow (after shoveling your entire driveway) in 5 degree weather, and you were still expected to be at school. so it was so weird when i moved here, and found that if there’s even a hint of bad weather, most of the businesses and school districts in the metroplex shut down. i guess i understand the concern…but still, a little strange for me.
so last week, a famous texas ice storm decided to come visit us. (ok, i guess we’ll stay home if this might happen when we go out)
we watched the morning news, and got the official word…yay! no school! (these kids get off too easy)
so freddy took the day off too, and we spent the morning inside playing games and hangin’ out as a family. and when the sun came out and melted all the ice, we decided to make a day of it. we picked up jasmine’s friend emily and headed out to the mall to do some shopping, catch a movie, and hang at the arcade.
what ice storm?
(this isn’t the movie we saw…van just liked the darth vader poster)
the boys had fun playing street fighter…
and the girls found their own fun riding the rapids…
and doing a little bit of modeling.
we dropped off jas and emily at a church activity, and finished the day by doing some much needed grocery shopping. i’ve decided that grocery shopping is at the bottom of my favorite things to do list, so it was nice to have my hubby there…it doesn’t seem like so much of a chore when i’m hangin’ with my man (and my easily amused little 5 year old boy:)
so thank you texas, for your crazy ice storms. we took full advantage of the time off and had a great day!