thunder and lightning
sleet pouring down from the sky
The sleet looks pretty, but it’s treacherous and has shut us down for the last few days. The falling sleet left a blanket of ice, snow, and sleet on the ground, which froze into a giant crunchy and slippery surface, coating roads, trees, and power lines.
This winter has been colder with more winter precipitation than I remember in all the years of living in Arkansas. We’ve had 4 winter storms in 2 months, which doesn’t seem like much to those of you living in colder climates, but it’s the most storms I remember since moving to Arkansas. As a courier, the weather impacts my job and this year has really impacted our service. The local VA clinic has closed the clinic and canceled our delivery routes 6 days so far. Last year it only happened once.
I don’t remember ever experiencing thunder sleet before. It’s very odd to be bitterly cold, with thunder booming, and sleet pouring down in a steady stream. It seems like some dystopian movie set, but apparently is a routine consequence of warm and cold fronts colliding. Updrafts occur during the collision, causing lightning and thunder. then the falling snow melts as it hits the warm air below, continues falling, then refreezes into sleet as it hits the cold air below. Hence thunder sleet, which sounds like the name for a bad heavy metal band.
May we embrace the magic and the mayhem.