Tuesday, December 4, 2012
|Road in front of my house, winter of 2010|
photo by Jonathan Schechter
Winter was a wimp last season. My cross country skis only once carried my weight and
my steep uphill drive never needed plowing. But now as some count down to December
21st as the End Of The World/ Doomsday/ Apocalypse I am counting down to Dec. 21st
as the Winter Solstice, the first day of winter.
And I wait for the arrival of of a virgin goddess, Athena.
And so does the Weather Channel
Athena is the Greek virgin goddess of reason, intelligent activity, arts and literature.
(Sounds like she would be a great companion in my travels.)
The National Hurricane Center has been naming tropical storms since the 1950's
bestowing them with memorable names, some that will not be repeated.
Hurricane Sandy is one such storm.
But now the Weather Channels will be tracking and naming powerful winter storms in the
same fashion of hurricane tracking and naming with the hope that communications and
information sharing via news networks and weather outlets and social media with named storms
will add to emergency preparedness and public understanding
The list of names for the 2012-2013 winter storm season borrows heavily from mythology.
The first three storms: ATHENA, BRUTUS and CAESAR.
Let it snow! Let it snow. Let it snow!
And come on Athena, bring on the virgin powder!