What's a girl gotta do to get some snow?


Where’s the snow? We hear it every year as the days on the calendar move closer to Christmas. Children dream of waking up to snow on Christmas morning and hope to see the tracks of Santa and his reindeer on the roof.

Even as adults, many of us hope for even just a bit of snow to blanket the ground on Christmas morning.

For whatever reason, it just puts many of us in the holiday spirit.

I’ve heard people asking that same question a lot this year, with many parts of the country having yet to see snow.

Friends in Chicago, Colorado and Nebraska for weeks have been posting on Facebook that same phrase: “Where’s the snow?”

Mike Moritz, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Hastings, gave me some good news and some things to think about when it comes to that coveted snow.

“We basically have been in a drought over a large part of the central plains,” he said. “Not only are we not getting snow but we’re not getting precipitation at all.”

Recently the area set a record for nearly 300 days without snow. That’s a long time without any of the white stuff.

Being a farmer’s daughter, I know that a winter with little precipitation means a dry summer, which doesn’t bode well for farmers or those who enjoy recreation on the water.

Moritz assured me that south-central Nebraska is slated to receive an average amount of precipitation this winter; however, with little falling yet, there’s a lot of catching up to do.

A rain/freezing rain event is set to come through the area Friday and Saturday, and there are chances for snow next week.

But will we have a white Christmas? Moritz said he isn’t giving up hope yet.

“Maybe early next week we might have some on the way,” he said of snow. “Just enjoy the rain we get in the mean time. One thing we’ve got to look at is the benefit of any precipitation we get cause we desperately need it.”

The weather man said up to this point most of the precipitation and snow has been in the eastern United States, but says he believes some snow will be making its way to the Midwest sooner than later.

“Eventually we’re going to get part of that,” he said. “The more weather systems we have the better chances we have.”

While I understand that I can’t really make it snow, I just wish it would come already.
Less than a half inch of the white stuff has fallen in Hastings because of the drought, and as such, I’m just not in the spirit. I’ve put Christmas music on my iPhone, my co-worker has a tree on his desk, and still I’m not feeling it.

Unfortunately that may not bode well for some of the organizations who are trying to collect funds, toys or food for families in need this holiday season.

Nancy Yurk, who works in accounting at the Hastings Tribune, said recently that it’s been proven that monetary donations to the Goodfellows program always increase after the first winter snow.

It just puts people in the spirit, she told me.

And while the Goodfellows program has already had significant donations, with more than $8,500 in the pot, snow would probably fill that pot even a little more full.

After the Hastings City Council meeting Monday, I heard a council member say that last year at this time there was snow on the ground.

I grumbled.

Some people grumble when the snow falls because they hate having to scoop the walk or clean snow off vehicles in the early morning.

I don’t mind at all.

This year I have a new cement sidewalk and a snow blower ready to go when that first snow falls.

The bags of salt to combat the ice were purchased weeks ago, and my snow boots have been brought out of storage.

So for the next two weeks, while children are peering out the window looking for Santa, I’ll be right beside them, looking for the first flakes of that snow that will put me in the spirit.

Darn it. Where’s the snow?


Shay Burk

Veteran Tribune reporter Shay Burk writes whatever is swirling around her mind each week. Read her columns on Tuesdays for her humorous thoughts on everyday life.

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