18 January 2010

Assuming the Crash Position...

Due to some very enthusiastic weather reports...apparently we're pretty much all going to die here in Arizona.

It's been nice knowing you.

I have not myself been privy to the insane weather reports, but people have been running in and out of my life and the shop throwing their hands in the air and yelling, "Are you prepared?!?" at me for the better part of 3 days.

From what I have gathered, we need:

1.  Water
2.  Canned Foods
3.  Any and all prescription and nonprescription medications

We are receiving...

Over a four day span...

wait for it...

20 inches of some sort of precipitation.


No one can seem to decide on exactly which kind that would be...could be rain, could be snow...could be both at the same time.

I am not exactly sure why we need to be so prepared.  I was a little dismayed, as (and this is only if I've done my math right) I remember 20 inches being somewhat less than 2 feet.  Of anything.  I mean, I suppose if 20 inches of precipitation fell in a 24 hour period, we'd be in trouble and then that big ark I've been building will finally come in handy for something other than storing my unused material that I'm hoarding collecting saving for all the things I may do in the future.

Like making seat cushions for my ark.

I guess I'm more confused about the water and electricity situation.  I mean, if the weather gets that bad, is some town father going to make the executive decision to turn the water and electricity off?

I ran out with the masses and got 2 gallons of water myself, and figure if worse comes to worse and I run out of clean water, that I will stand in the front yard with a funnel in my mouth and point my face towards the sky.

I had to also had to restrain someone who was running around muttering about canned goods under her breath to ask the simple question, "Um.  If we loose electricity, how exactly are you going to cook your food?"  Panic stricken she managed to wrench herself away from me and run to the nearest outdoors store...muttering about gas cook stoves the whole way.

Intrigued, I checked the weather forecast for today and was confronted with a picture of a giant white question mark where a picture of a sun or clouds or snowflakes would be.  I wasn't even aware that a question mark was a weather forecast.

I'll tell you what.  A question mark is not a very informative weather forecast.  I mean, I can look out my window and shrug my shoulders and be none the wiser.

It did start to sleet, drizzle, and snow today...and as I was driving away from Foolsewoode, I thought maybe I should put something out to catch the moisture to see how much we'll get...but the only thing I could think of was a slightly used cat box.

I'll just have to rely on looking out the window all day and for the rest of the week...or the question mark on Weatherbug...


Lois Grebowski said...

holy moly, that's a lot of precip... yep, I'd be in a dither with that as well. stay warm, dry, and safe my dear....

Molly said...

A question mark? LOL If you still have power you can make up some salad stuff(not that it is winter food or anything but it doesn't have to be cooked) and/or some rice or other grain to mix in.

When we have tornadoes(usually in the spring) and hurricanes I will make up stuff that doesn't have to be cooked as soon as I can.

I haven't checked weather this morning; hope you are not snowed in!


Kristal said...

Sorry, the mention of people running in all directions brought to mind the old fairy tale "Chicken Little"...the sky is falling!!! LOL!!


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