There’s an old saying – everyone talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it. That was true of today’s installment of TownTalk. John C. Rose and Bill Harris didn’t do a thing about the weather, but they, along with several callers, certainly talked about it.
With another round of wintry weather predicted for the area beginning Thursday night, it seemed an appropriate topic. While this round of weather is NOT predicted to approach the two feet of snow the area received in 2000 or the crippling ice storm of a couple of years later, any amount of frozen precipitation could bring things to a standstill. And with the coldest temperatures of the winter coming along for the ride, whatever we get won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.
Callers to the program remembered the snow storm of 2000 which buried the entire area and shut down everything. One caller said it took hours to get his car out of the snow and another caller said of the 2002 ice storm that he had just moved here from upstate New York to escape the wintry climate only to find the winter weather followed him to North Carolina.
Another caller remembered an ice storm from 1970 that left him with no heat or power in a mobile home while going to school at Campbell University.
While winter weather is certainly foremost on everyone’s mind, hurricanes Fran and Hazel were remembered as well.
Weather can certainly be interesting in North Carolina. The residents of coastal NC have their share of Atlantic storms on a regular basis and those who live in the mountains deal with much more winter weather. It’s central North Carolina that might remember the big storms more vividly since we don’t get big winter storms or tropical systems as frequently.
Hopefully this weekend’s weather will not be severe enough to be remembered for more than a week or two.