Tuesday, Mar. 07, 2006
Gather the Animals Two by Shoe
After the earliest-ever major wildfire this year in Arizona, it looks like we're finally going to get some rain, and maybe snow. The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting a short-lived break on Thursday, but says that otherwise we can expect rain or snow well into next week.
All I can say is, thank God. I just hope it's enough to forestall a truly catastrophic wildfire season, and that it (the forecast) doesn't turn out to be another promise that fizzles into nothing.
Of course it also means I'll be freezing my butt off for the next week and that our utility bills will jump again, but it's well worth the trade-off. I will even grin and bear it if I have to drive to work in the snow. There's one big factor in my favor: we live right on the main highway and can stay on the highway almost all the way to work. There's a major highway intersection between here and work, which means more than likely we won't be snowbound for any extended period of time, though we might have to shovel our way to the driveway of the complex!
The reality is that we'll likely get rain, if anything. A big snowstorm is pretty uncommon in this immediate area, since we're on the low end of the elevation for the area the forecast covers. Just above us on the top of the Mogollon Rim, they could be in for one humongous winter storm - and again, thank goodness for it.
Okay, I may revise my assessment, having just glanced at the weather radar for the area. WE may be in for a mother of a winter storm. Long as we don't end up with either flooding or such a massive snowstorm that it collapses roofs, etc., I'm good.
However, it's late tonight and I need to get a shower before I hit the sack. Wish us moisture - just not ski-resort snowfall, nor rainfall levels necessitating the building of an ark, thank you very much!
Before - After
In the grander scheme of things, no soul can truly be replaced. Each one of us has a place in the universal tapestry. We each contribute our own color and texture. When one thread is snipped too soon, it distorts all the threads around it. Other lives can unravel and tear. If the wrong thread is ripped away, the whole fabric of life becomes dangerously fragile.
- LeiLani, aka Radiogurl aka Bright Opal (1957 - )