This is the view out our east window during a whiteout this afternoon.
If you squint hard, you can see vague outlines of the trees.
I always imagine the National Weather Service still using antique teletype machines for their all caps weather warnings:
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND RAPIDS MI
1210 PM EST SAT FEB 3 2007
...BLIZZARD CONDITIONS THIS AFTERNOON...
THE COMBINATION OF SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW WILL RESULT IN FREQUENT WHITEOUT CONDITIONS. WIND CHILL VALUES WILL RANGE FROM 5 TO 15 BELOW ZERO THIS AFTERNOON.
And, for those who are completely clueless, the National Weather Service reminds them, urgently in all caps, to wear their hat and gloves:
WIND CHILLS OF 10 TO 20 BELOW ZERO TODAY WILL LOWER TO 20 TO 30 BELOW TONIGHT. THIS MAY RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS...DRESS IN LAYERS AND MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND GLOVES.
This is my Saturday Sky picture taken at 10:30 am this morning on a very abbreviated dog walk.
16 pound Sunny decided to stay indoors and use a Training Pad.
14 pound Pappy tried to take a walk, but after about 30 yards his feet were frozen and he didn't want them on the ground anymore.
Glory made it just across the bridge into the field. By the time I snapped this picture, she was racing me back to the house. She won.
Glory has lived through eleven winters and she knows eventually they go away.
Meanwhile, she is happy to stay indoors except for the few necessary minutes a day she needs to be outdoors.
Question: How many other Blogger users have learned to save their posts to draft often while writing them? As extra insurance I highlight and copy my post text before hitting save.
It's growing pains and I forgive them their outages - for now.
I can't forgive Blogger their comments, though. Since the new Blogger, it's been frustrating trying to comment on other blogs that use Blogger comments. Whoever designed the transition should be quickly promoted into management before they're assigned to design something else.
I've never been sorry I stuck with Haloscan comments.