Woke up to a little bit of snow on the ground this morning – first of the season. Not enough to worry about except for where it melted, refroze and caused traffic accidents on area roads. Ice is ice and causes more problems in the Ozarks than snow normally does.
When I attended college in the Arkansas River Valley just south of the Ozark hills, it taught me how one’s view of weather is so relative. Russellville, Arkansas has a much milder winter than we do here in the north Arkansas Ozarks. Before attending college, I had just moved back from Schwaebisch Gmuend, Germany so the mild winters seemed even milder still. But one day while crossing the Arkansas Tech University campus in the spitting snow, I heard a Texan say, “When I moved to ATU, I didn’t know I was moving to the Arctic.” I had an uncle from Mississippi that said north Arkansas was the coldest place on earth. And so it goes. Retirees from Omaha, Nebraska laugh at our snowfalls, while denizens of Sault Ste Marie winter in Nebraska for the pleasant weather. Sault Ste Marie can receive 17 feet of snow in a single winter.