Saturday, March 12, 2022

THE BLIZZARD OF MARCH 2022 (published 3-12-2022; article #301)


As I begin to write, at 4:17 PM, on Saturday, March 12, 2022, the sun is bright, in a clear blue sky. Do folks in east Tennessee have enough milk and bread? I hope so!

The weather prognosticators were correct – this time. The weather signs, of the last few days, had been indicating that rain, at least, was coming.

The rain started late last evening. I went to bed as a skeptic. The temperature was near 60F. I woke up this morning as a believer. The falling temperature changed the rain to snow – a real snow this time.

The Blizzard of March 12, 2022

A video says a thousand words. Just before Mrs. Appalachian Irishman recorded the video (below), Molly (our ol' puppy), very bravely, had explored the back yard. She made a “lollipop” design – going out, circling, and returning to her basement condominium the same way she'd started. Molly enjoyed her brief romp in the snow! I wish that I'd had my semi-intelligent phone handy – to photograph or video Molly!

The original video, below, is a minute and 59 seconds long. I had to “trim” it for publishing.

 I hope that you enjoy it. I apologize for not having had a shower yet! I hope that you can't smell me!



Seven and a half inches of snow! That's what this Appalachian Irishman calls a real snow!

There were four “dinky” snows in January – 1/3/2022, 1/6/2022, 1/17/2022, and 1/29/2022. I wrote about the 1/17/2022 snow, in my first article of that date. My first article, of 1/9/2022, wrote about the two snows in one week.

February recorded no snow here. On Saturday, 2/26/2022, however, my '06 Frontier and I hauled trash – as the rain and hail mixture was coming down. The hail changed to all rain, later in the day.

Historical Blizzards (© 2022, A&E Television Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved) has an article, updated 12/15/2020, titled “The Biggest Snow Storms in US History - We trudge back in time to revisit some of the worst blizzards in U.S. History” by Staff; updated Dec. 15, 2020; original Mar. 14, 2017.

I wasn't around yet, for the blizzard of March 1888. Papaw Marion Ferrell (4/13/1880 - 11/21/1970) was a boy. His wife, Molly Gertrude Archer (11/30/1892 - 6/11/1971), wasn't born yet.

During the blizzard of January 1922, Granny Wood (Lula Frank Amos, 6/16/1901 - 8/12/1991) and Papaw Aby William Wood (9/4/1901 - 3/14/1983) were young adults.

I remember the blizzard of February 1978! The snow fell every Wednesday, as I recall. High school graduation had to be delayed until late June, as I remember.

During the blizzard of March 1993, Mrs. Appalachian Irishman and I lived in Dexter, Missouri. I was the associate minister, at the church. We were well into our preparation to move to Moscow, Russia – on 10/1/1994. I shoveled mounds of snow! My 1984 Chevy Chevette hit ice and snow, and we spun full circle – staying on the road, thankfully!

During the January 1996 blizzard, in this once great nation, we were still in our five-year mission work in Russia (to 9/30/1999). Blizzard? What blizzard! Snow covers the ground, in the Moscow area, from about November to about April!

Well, the article mentions two blizzards, in 2010. You can read about those, as you wish to do so.

The photograph, below, is from my January 10, 2010 article, “House Mountain Snow!“

Yes, I marketed my website, on the snow, on the rock. That rock is just east of the west bluff, on House Mountain. That is my left shoe print.

Spring Forward

By the way, don't forget to “spring forward,” before going to bed tonight. “Government time” (daylight savings time) starts at 2 AM! How does it save daylight? It will be darker longer, in the mornings. It will be lighter longer, in the evenings. It does not “save daylight.” It just moves it forward an hour! That's “government time,” lying to you!

Papaw Ferrell called it “guvrmint” time. I do also.


I'd better wind this down. I hear Mrs. Appalachian Irishman working on supper! Y'all enjoy this early spring snow, on “spring forward” day. Meteorological spring started on March 1st.

Y'all keep turnin' right and goin' straight out there, ya hear?

1 comment:

M. Fearghail said...

I need to add a point of humor. Why did TDOT (Tennessee Department of Transportation) salt all the roads (that Mrs. Appalachian Irishman and I were on at least) – in the early hours of 3/10/2022, Thursday? As we drove, separately, to our work locations that day, we were AMAZED, angered, and somewhat amused! The roads must have been salted in the early hours of that morning – possibly before daylight.

So, on Thursday and Friday, in mostly sunny weather, with temperatures in the 50's, folks drove on roads that were salted for snow. In time, the salted areas had little, if any salt, as folks drove on the roads. Wind from vehicles in motion shifted salt to the center line and edges of the roads. Of course, blowing salt collected on vehicles and in the noses of drivers. (That's not the best way to sniff salt up your nose, to clear congestion.)

The late evening rain, of Friday, 3/11/2022, which became snow, during the night of 3/12/2022, simply washed whatever salt that remained off the roads!