THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Tales from the old-timer
Issue Date: December 12, 2013
Snow in Oklahoma
This is a picture of my deck and backyard in Bixby, Okla. Probably nothing unusual to you, but here in Oklahoma, this is an extremely worrisome picture to local Okies.
When we moved here 13 years ago, Tulsa County had a total of three snowplows. In a very large, heavily developed area, this translates into up to a week for plowing in your area. The first time it snowed after we moved here, our kids were out of school for an entire week. They were gleefully contacting their Holy Family, Marinette friends to tell them about this vacation which was caused by two inches of snow. Yes, two inches shut down school for a week. (They werent quite as thrilled with the week tacked on to the end of their school year, however.)
A forecast of snow in Tulsa is cause for a frenzy at local gas stations, grocery stores and workplaces. Those not accustomed to driving on snow truly are better off staying home. Meanwhile my family goes about its normal business not missing a beat. It takes a lot more than a few inches of snow to cause us to get intimidated. This year, the forecast of snow resulted in the cancellation of several community Christmas parades. Imagine that, having snow causing Christmas cancellations! I laugh at the irony.
On the other hand, I still have not gotten totally comfortable with living in tornado alley. The concern I feel at those times is the equivalent of the concern the natives feel with a forecast of snow. Its all what you are used to.
And when it hits 100 degrees for three straight weeks, as it did one summer here, I was depressed and unwilling to go outdoors at all, while local Tulsans went to outdoor activities and made cheerful jokes about melting.
Its a little taste of home to me when I get to haul out my winter boots, my down jacket, heavy gloves and a headband to walk our two dogs outdoors. And as they bound along, invigorated by the snow and cold, I am sure those driving by regard me as eccentric at best. Only a crazy person would willingly go outside in the snow.