Atlanta has the nickname "Hotlanta" for a reason. It's crazy hot and humid here in the summertime, and we typically have pretty mild winters.
This past year has been very different. Summer 2013 was oddly mild with LOTS of rain. We enjoyed the cooler weather, but could have done without the daily rain. With a mild summer comes a crazy winter? Maybe? There seems to be a climate change happening.
We have now had two snow storms. Snowpocolypse Part 1 and 2 of 2014. You may have heard about Part 1 and how it completely shut down our city. It was all over the news. Traffic jams and commutes of 10+ hours, students stuck at school overnight, babies born on 285, this list goes on. And yes, it was only 2 inches of snow, but it came suddenly. We weren't ready for part 1. I don't blame anyone. It was a just a problem of a mass exodus -- everything closed at the same time, and everyone was trying to get home at the same time. Millions of people were on the road at the same time, and snow trucks couldn't get through. I'm just glad we've learned a lesson. We were prepared for part 2! Roads were graveled and salted in advance, and people listened to the news!
The weird thing: both storms have come on a Tuesday after a warm Monday. Temperatures in the 50s. Personally, I didn't expect it to actually snow! Both storms have caused us to miss multiple days of school. Part 1 threw off my art show preparation! I have some students who were not able to finish - or even start - their project because of the days we missed. The planner in me stresses over the days missed, but I have to admit, I have enjoyed having the time at home.
Part 2 has kept me home from school for 4 days. Brian and I have enjoyed the time at home together. He was able to compose all day Wednesday, and I have caught up on my latest tv show addiction: Hart of Dixie. (Don't judge me, I love it! Even if it's a sappy WB show with fake southern accents). We have eaten too much, probably out of boredom, gotten a lot of laundry done, and watched tv. We didn't even venture outside to play in the snow! But I have enjoyed looking out from the window; I can enjoy the snow, but stay warm and cozy inside.
Here are pictures from both storms. The part 2 pictures are a little after-the-fact. I finally ventured outside today to see what the conditions the roads were in. Everything was melting, so I have no idea what it looked like yesterday during the height of the storm! School is still closed tomorrow because we'll drop below freezing again tonight. Everything that's melted could turn back to ice. Sad not to be in school on Valentine's Day!