Am I The Only One With Storm Envy?


While I wouldn’t wish a super-mega-franken-storm and all the aftermath and mayhem that goes with it on anyone, I have to admit something. There is a tiny, itty-bitty part of myself that is jealous. It’s that same devil-may-care self that usually gets me into trouble. Nevertheless, there it is. When I was a kid, I used to refer to her as “The Bad Kim”. Usually this reference came only after that Bad Kim did something horrid, when I was trying to convince my mom that she’d never be back to do horrible things in the future. Ever.

Bad Kim is shaking the bars of her cage. She wants to thrust her head into the leading edge of the storm and ride Sandy’s bowsprit. She wants to feel the beach shake beneath the raging surf and listen to the wind whip through the skyscrapers. Easy for me to say, especially as I sit inside in the Pacific Northwest watching the rain melt away our hopes of an early opening. Just have a look at Sandy’s snowfall forecast:

Small print: that brownish color is 18-20 inches of snow

Closer to home we’re expecting rain. We don’t call these weather phenomena storms; we call them systems. Storm would suggest snow, at least in the mountains. And we are decidedly not getting much of that. Besides, when the mother of all storms is brewing on the eastern seaboard, it’s hardly apropos to call a little wind and rain a “storm”.

Forecast for 6,300 feet at Crystal Mountain

Looks like the rain will sluice away that nice duvet of snow we had last week (thanks Corinne for that description). Oh well, who am I to complain? To those of you hunkering down as this behemoth descends, I apologize for my flippancy. After the water recedes and they turn the lights back on, might I suggest a trip to the mountains?

10 responses »

  1. I understand what you mean, Kim. I feel that way about snow storms. The bigger, the better. Hurricanes, not so much. I live in Vermont, where we were positively hammered by Irene just over a year ago. It was a scary experience, and not one I’d care to repeat. Right now we’re getting bands of rain and strong winds from Sandy (it’s supposed to gust more than 70 mph). And though it’s not Irene, it’s still a bit unnerving. I have 100-ft tall trees around my house, and I’m hoping none of them come crashing down. My brother lives on the beach in New Jersey. I’m just hoping he’s okay.

    Far better to live vicariously through the Weather Channel. It’s safer and really, a lot more fun.

    • I thought about you when I wrote this post Wendy. The forecasters all seem to think this one is worse than Irene. Hopefully Vermont will be spared this time. Storms are exciting and scary and chaotic. Scratch what I said before. I’ll watch it from my safe perch out west. Best to you.

  2. I just talked to Nelle. She is watching 10-foot waves on Lake Michigan from her apartment. She says no water has crossed the road (Lakeshore Drive) yet, but it’s forecast as a possibility. I am at home for a snow day today. The wind is blowing pretty hard and was really howling last night. But, in a few weeks, I will look at your posted pics of Crystal the storm envy will be reversed. So, there you go 🙂

  3. Reminded me of the Columbus Day storm, which I am old enough to remember (barely). We all huddled in the basement and listened to the storm rage all night, with the sound of huge, old-growth trees crashing down. Miraculously none hit the house. Three blocked our driveway. We had a basement full of firewood from that storm for over 10 years. So far my East Coast peeps are all safe and accounted for. But heard that a ski area in North Caroline (Sugar something) – didn’t even know they had a ski area in that state! is opening early, tomorrow I think. Wow! Yes, sounds like our winter will be “neutral” in terms of the Ninos, but potential for Pineapple Expresses upped. Sigh.

  4. Yeah, I’m sad to see our meager snow up on Hood all melting away…. I’m a little envious of the snow the easterners are receiving. Fingers crossed the PNW will get some storms of its own (although not as large as Sandy)

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