Posted in Commentary, tagged Madison, snow, weather on December 8, 2009 |
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Photo "Madison got about 9 inches last night" by Flickr user GobberGo. Used by Creative Commons license.
I just read that UW-Madison (where I went to school and lived for six years) has canceled classes tomorrow due to an impeding snow storm that is expected to leave twelve to sixteen inches of snow. Yikes. The closest we came to a snow day in the entire time I went to school there was canceling classes at 3pm during my last winter, 2007-2008.
I can still vividly recall struggling across library mall to get to the #80 bus with the wind blowing snow in my face so hard that I could barely see. And then, there was a bus stuck on the curve that goes around Bascom Hill, so the bus I was on spent 45 minutes waiting at the Union to see if we’d even be able to get home. There was a pregnant woman on the bus who was a TA for an English class. She had two of her school-aged children with her because Madison public schools had been cancelled for the day. That day was exhausting for me, but I can’t even begin to imagine schlepping two kids out to the campus on the bus, taking them to class and then struggling home in the middle of a blizzard – while pregnant, no less.
Photo "Snow Football" by Flickr user Ann Althouse. Used by Creative Commons license. (Students playing football in the snow on Bascom Hill)
As much as I miss Madison, I don’t miss days like this, especially since my last winter there was so brutal. While the weather in Athens can be less than delightful (Ice Storm 2009, anyone?) we definitely haven’t had the same level of snow and other awful weather that Madison seems to be getting walloped with in the last few years. Of course, I’m probably now dooming Athens and Southeastern Ohio to an icy morning from the rain and wind I can hear outside now, which is probably the southern end of the storm that is bringing all the snow to Wisconsin.
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