December 8, 2013
The U.S. has been rocked by the extreme snowfalls. The average temperature on Saturaday was 14 degrees with the outlier of Florida registering at 81 degrees. The snowfalls have closed schools along with the majority of the community and outreach services.
It has been reported that the freeze has effected the lettuce and citrus crops. Yet, in this devastation there is beauty in the falling flakes landing to produce a white covering undisturbed until a footprint, shovel or tread mark shifts the accumulation.
CNN reported, “Winter came much earlier than usual in many sections of the nation. The storm took a toll on travel, causing hundreds of car crashes and forcing the cancellation of hundreds of departures at Dallas/FortWorth International Airport. The FAA said Saturday operations had returned to normal. Abandoned cars littered the interstate outside Dallas.”
Weather is also devastating Europe with heavy floods. The outcome of this freeze and storms in the U.S. will have long-term effects on lives, homes, facilities, energy, food prices, crops, farms, vegetation and transportation.
After the storms will come melting, placing pressure on sewers, waterways and the infrastructure uprooting trees, effecting power and energy. Yet, we can marvel at the beauty of covering.