Monday, November 12th, 2012
When Johnny let the dog out last night, he called to me, “It’s snowing.” This morning, the snow picked up again and at breakfast was still in the air and covering more of the leaves we haven’t yet raked.
Last night was November 11.
Two groups of Minnesotans probably shared the same thought as they looked out their windows this morning. The two groups are those who can remember November 11, 1940 and those who know some Minnesota history (I fall into only one of those groups, and it’s not the first one.) The thought we shared was: November 11 . . . snow . . .the Armistice Day Blizzard.
The day started out with temperatures in the 60s. People in Minneapolis left their overcoats at home and many outstate hunters took advantage of the beautiful day to head out to their duck blinds–in light jackets. By midday, snow was heavy and temperatures continued dropping dramatically to as low as 30 degrees below zero before the blizzard ended.
The Armistice Day Storm is one of those events that remains as a historical landmark. It’s planted in Minnesota memory.
But now, mid-morning, the snow has stopped. The sun shines, then doesn’t from the sky that’s snowfall gray–an average late fall day in Minnesota. The forecast is for 30% possibility of light snow showers. Weather forecasting was changed as a result of the Armistice Day Storm, so we don’t expect a blizzard this Veteran’s Day holiday.
Of course, God is the one who knows for sure.
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