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Between the past and the future, the question of snowPosted Tuesday, December 1, 2009, at 1:22 PM
The Southeast Missourian runs a feature called "Out of the past" that resurrects old news stories from years ago. Today, there is an entry than mentions Marshall -- and snow.
I've heard from people who have lived in Marshall for a long time who remember winters past when the snow was always deep. I grew up in northeast Iowa, and I, too, remember winters where the snow was always deep (and the temps were always 20 below -- always). I remember drifts so high we could walk right onto the roof of the new junior high school. I remember delivering newspapers in whiteout blizzards.
Ah, the good old days -- days that people move south to avoid.
Lately, though, winters in the Midwest have been comparatively mild. The weather last year didn't even qualify as a real winter, in my book.
But after a cool, wet summer and a cool, wet fall and with a forecast calling for lows in the teens this week, I think I'm not alone in suspecting we might see a 1934-ish type winter this year. A recent poll on The Marshall Democrat-News Web site backs me up.
A clear majority expects the first measureable snow this month. A few voters added comments, too, from the extreme ("I predict 12 inches of snow on Dec. 15 and flash flood warnings on Dec. 17.") to the cautious ("when God says so") to the irrelevant but dependable ("Very nice site! cheap viagra").
The cool-wet trend may be a harbinger of things to come, or it may not. The Old Farmer's Almanac predicts colder than normal temperatures for the region including Iowa, most of Missouri and eastern sides of Nebraska and Kansas. Our area will be generally wet, but with less than normal snowfall.
After spending no time at all studying climate trends and meteorological prognostications, I'm willing to go out on a limb and state with certainty that it'll snow when it snows. And this year, it might actually snow.
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Eric Crump is a former editor of The Marshall Democrat-News. He lives elsewhere now but still loves Marshall and Saline County. He's trying to catch up on all the stories he should have written while he was on staff.
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