I think sometimes being a weatherman in the Tennessee Valley is about as rewarding as being a politician - half the people are happy half the time! I recall the “big snow storm” that was forecasted shortly after we moved here from San Diego in 1999. In California, if we wanted snow we had the luxury of driving to the mountains of Big Bear, playing in the snow all day and then leaving it behind as we drove to our home on the coast. One year I took some high school buddies surfing in the morning and snow skiing in the afternoon; the good old days of living in Southern Cal.
Back to the “big snow storm” …or at least the one they had forecasted. Our daughters, age 3 and 9 at the time, were very excited about the looming snow storm….ok, I was a little excited too, I drove a Jeep Wrangler at the time and was ready to go play! The forecasters were calling for six to nine inches of snow and I wanted the girls to see how high the snow was from the warmth of our home (remember, we were spoiled by the California weather) so I drove a tent stake into the ground near the walkway leading to our front door and taped a ruler to it so that we could easily look out the window and see the depth of the snow when we got up the next morning. We went to bed that evening as excited as any Christmas Eve. Of course the next morning there was not a snow flake to be found! I’ll never forget one local weatherman stating “It snowed six inches thousands of feet in the upper atmosphere but it was so dry at the lower atmosphere that it all evaporated.” Uh- huh, sure it did. Try explaining that to my two little girls. We’ve been suspicious of winter weather forecast in the Tennessee Valley ever since.
Some important dates to remember:
23 February – the annual Madison County Legislative Delegation Public Forum will be held at the Huntsville City Hall, City Council Chambers from 7 – 9 PM.
26 February – the annual Limestone County Legislative Delegation Public Forum will be held at the Athens State University Ball Room from 5:30 – 7:30.
3 March – the 2015 Legislative Session starts in Montgomery.
I will continue updates from the Legislative Session on Bill’s Blog once session starts. As I’ve done in the past, I’ll post links to the bills and share my thoughts. I encourage readers to be informed and study the bills you are interested in…don’t rely on the press or special interest groups – form your own fact based opinion.
Fit For Life 1000 Mile Challenge Update - It has been great to hear from so many people that have taken up the challenge. People around town such as in the gym, grocery store or at church have shared with me how they are doing on their personal quest. Several people in other parts of the state and even in other states are participating. I’m looking forward to some warmer, dryer weather so that I can do some 5Ks. The Grissom ROTC Wounded Warrior 5K is next Saturday, the 21st of Feb – hopefully we’ll have some great running weather. Remember, it does not matter if you walk, jog or run – just get started and get Fit for Life! See the Home Page for details on the Challenge.
Semper Fi - Bill