Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Lake Effect

If you know what today’s title means, chances are good you lived near the Great Lakes at one time. “Lake Effect,” especially in the winter, works out in two ways: (a) A week-long light snowstorm which produces maybe an inch of snow, (b) A localized snowstorm which dumps the big stuff on you.

Localized, as in, “the eastern side of the lake.” The wind blows across the lake (one of the Greats) and any soot or dust in the air combines with evaporated water to make rain or snow on the other side. Maybe a lot of either, maybe a little; but it’s fairly constant.

Nobody else experiences it; a few miles away there is nothing. On the western side of the lake, nothing. It’s not even a storm, so the tv weather broadcasts will merely say, “Four inches of lake effect tomorrow afternoon.”

Storm or lake effect, you still have to shovel it the same way.

Everybody has a story.
Ann Taylor passed away in Denver recently at age 97. “As a 6-year-old, her father introduced her to flying in open two-seater biplanes. At 12 years of age her father hired a pilot to teach Ann to fly and despite the then all-male atmosphere of the age and a resentful teacher, Ann learned to fly and loved it. Ever the sportswoman, she started ski racing, acquiring the nickname Nose-dive Annie. In 1963, as one of the founders of Vail, she and her husband built one of the first ski chalets in the new town.”


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