The holiday season is a time to step back a little bit from the small stuff (was that half an inch of snow or ¾?) and take a look at the big picture. Whenever I do that here in Teton Valley, the big picture is always the beauty. Getting out to measure the snow and check out the clouds and all the other things weather people do is often really just a convenient excuse to enjoy the beauty of this place. Beauty is in the weather and in the mountains and the creeks and the forests and the farms and the critters and in the people. Sometimes nature presents us with challenges and dangers, but even then the beauty is hard to deny. If we didn’t think it was worth it, we probably wouldn’t be here.
Understanding (or trying to understand) has never taken away from the beauty of the weather or anything else in nature to me; it has always enhanced it. Knowing why things happen doesn’t make them less miraculous to me, but deepens the beauty of the miracle. I suppose that way of looking at science and exploration might be the result of being an old science teacher, but even before that when I was a teenager, my friends would joke that I was an “analytical poet.” Maybe I got dropped on my head when I was a baby, I don’t know. Whatever caused it, it’s why you won’t find lots of charts and tables and ten dollar words on the Teton Valley Weather Facebook page. I’ll keep those to myself. As your genial Teton Valley weatherman, I’ll concentrate on the beauty and enough common sense understanding to make it even more wonderful, and maybe the perk of being a little easier and safer, too.
Sounds like a New Year’s resolution to me. I’m in for another year if you are. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!