2 February. It's Groundhog Day. This tradition goes back many centuries to when folks use to celebrate Candlemas Day. On this day, priests would bless candles and hand them out almost as a middle point of Winter. This is also about the time certain animals, groundhogs being among them, would come out of their holes to check the weather. If they saw their shadow they would return to their holes for 6 more weeks. The Romans, who used hedgehogs, brought this tradition to the Germans. The earliest settlers in Pennsylvania were German and since groundhogs kinda resembled hedgehogs decided that they would do in a pinch.
This is a radar picture of the 'bomb cyclone' I screen shotted off of my phone during the event. I thought it was fascinating because it was simply...a frozen hurricane! Bomb Cyclone! Wow! That does sound intimidating doesn't it? Where do they come up with these names?! Well, they really are real terms that meteorologists use. A bomb cyclone is an area of incredibly low pressure, like in a hurricane, that just explodes quickly and out of nowhere. It brings about just the same weather disturbances as a hurricane - flooding, winds, high tides, etc. The above happened in January 2018 and it brought record tides, huge flooding and winds up to 80mph! Bomb cyclones have been around for quite a while so they aren't new and certainly not as scary as they sound. So why try and scare us? Americans have a tendency to take weather for granted. They are very blasé about severe weather. Weather reports are given for a variety of reasons, but one is to warn folks about the dangers that are approaching in time to prepare and save lives and property. A hurricane does not care who it tramples on. Terms like 'polar vortex' and 'bomb cyclone' put people in action much affectively than 'cold polar air' and 'low pressure system'. So yes, there is such a thing as a 'bomb cyclone' and weather people effectively us 'click bait', but not as a way to get one over on us. They use it to help us, keep us safe, and protect our homes. Thanks guys!
Introducing One World. One World is a project to promote peace and the idea that we are all very similar. We all love our children, we all love our family and we all have a place we call home even if that home is just in our hearts. Would you like to be a part of this project? Then send me a picture of something in your everyday life. The pictures do not have to be extraordinary - a shopping center, a busy street, your living room, a local park - something that you do or see everyday. Along with the picture, send a brief summary of what that picture is about. You don't need your name, but please tell me your city and country. Email LinkingLetters@yahoo.com.
Last Updated: 13 February 2018 Copyright 2000 Traciecam