Tuesday started out like any other day in Birmingham. I had a meeting at 10:30 across town and as I left my office, I began to see a few of the predicted “flurries” that had been in the local forecast, but were to pass over with little consequence. The real weather event was to have hit south of us. When I came out of my meeting, the ground was covered and it was snowing hard. The weather front had shifted north and I was in for a wild ride. It took me 10 hours to travel home down 65 South. This trip normally takes about 30 minutes. I finally made it home about 10:15 pm Tuesday evening after sliding my way past jack knifed 18 wheelers, pedestrians who had abandoned their vehicles and various other obstacles on the roadways…..
This is a very rare occurrence for the Deep South. We have absolutely no municipal infrastructure in place to handle these types of weather events and needless to say thousands we were caught off guard, left their jobs in a panic and ended up sliding off roadways and having to abandon their vehicles on the interstate and side roads in an attempt to reach home. Many were able to only reach one of the many makeshift shelters that opened in local churches, fire halls and other public buildings. Many others opened their homes to passersby and provided much needed warmth and shelter. Sadly, some people lost their lives and my prayers and thoughts go out to their families today.
We southern folk are quite resilient and with temps forecasted to be in the 60’s this weekend, we’ll be back to “normal” in no time.
Here are a few shots of the rose garden covered in snow:
It will be interesting to see in the days ahead how many of my beloved roses have survived Snowmageddon 2014!