Some of you might have heard on the news that we here in Dallas had a major weather event today. It was horrible! Roads were closed. Cars piled up on the side of the road. Businesses closed. All of the weather people and news anchors took to the air to wring their hands, pull out tufts of hair, and rend their clothing. Roving reporters were dispatched to every corner of the Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex to cover this weather disaster. They stood on bridges overlooking roadways that were littered with the broken remains of semi trucks and cars. You could practically feel the reporters wanting to cry out in despair, “Oh! The humanity!” And as I watched them standing on those bridges, I kept thinking to myself, “Please don’t jump, Mr. Distraught News Reporter Person!”
What was this weather event that caused so much chaos in one of the largest, most educated, most technologically advanced cities in the Western Hemisphere? Was it a massive tornado? Was it a fracking-induced earthquake? Was it torrential rains?
Why, it was no less than a trace of snow! It flurried big snowflakes for maybe an hour. The temperature was so cold that the snow was dry and powdery when it hit the ground and so it mostly blew away and accumulated in grassy areas. The roadways remained mostly dry. It piled up on car windshields, but blew away like powdered sugar at the slightest breeze.
It took me twice as long to get home from work as it usually does because a major bridge I have to cross had been constricted from 3 lanes down to 1. When it was finally my turn to cross it, the bridge was almost completely dry. Two cars sat on the bridge in the closed-off lanes about 30 yards apart with no apparent damage to either vehicle. Perhaps they just panicked and parked there. In fact, every accident I passed looked to be a case of a driver seeing a snowflake hit their windshield, them screaming in terror, and then driving off the road, up on the curb and into an embankment, bridge abutment, or median.
I love Dallas. There is a lot to be proud of here. It is a very dynamic, cosmopolitan, can-do kind of city.
But we lose our collective minds when a single snowflake hits the ground.
Stay strong, Dallas! You’ll get through this tragedy!