I am sure you are all aware of the most recent snowstorm that attacked Indiana right after New Year’s. If you weren’t conscious of this weather development, I might be a bit worried. The temperature for most of Jan. 6 was -14 degrees F, which is the coldest it has been in 20 years. Weather channels were warning that frostbite could happen in 10 minutes with how low the temperatures dropped, and they advised people from venturing outdoors. It was also stated that Jan. 5 was Indianapolis’ snowiest day since the “Blizzard of 1978” with 11 inches of snowfall. At 7 a.m. the wind chills were said to be in the negative 30 to negative 50 range. On Jan. 6, authorities restricted travel to only essential personnel, which includes snowplows, police, and most important, news trucks.
Of course, as much as we appreciate the warnings of the local weather forecasters, many people find the seeming fascination they have with storms somewhat overbearing. This, of course, is understandable when you see them out driving on the roads that they advise people not to take, while recording themselves.
Facebook users commented on the actions of the news teams. “I agree that the media repeated itself. I also don’t understand why the reporters have to be out showing/telling us how cold and windy it is,” Jim Shaver writes.
Another woman gives her take on the news. “I felt like I was very prepared for it and it was just as predicted. Little bit of overkill once the snow had fallen.” This is accurate in the respect that even though it was quite repetitive, the news greatly prepared many people for the oncoming storm.
The creator of the “Geist Community Newsletter,” Tom Britt, had some fun imitating these people during the storm by recording himself while driving around. The “Geist Community Newsletter” has also been calling this storm the Snowpocalypse Frankenstorm as voted on by Facebook users on the newsletter’s site. As easy as it is to make light of this situation, it is also wrong to forget about those who got in accidents during this storm. I personally saw a car that had run off the side of the road, and I found it frightening that something like that could easily happen to me or someone I hold dear. So I will say right now that if anyone got hurt because of this or knows someone who was harmed during this time, I offer my sincere condolences and I promise to keep all of you in my prayers. I hope that everyone had a great extra break though!