Ice Crystals to Music

Snow is everywhere this morning, along with the very cool temperatures and a little wind adding the “chill” to the windchill value, but there is a magical feeling when the landscape turns white and fluffy. My friends are complaining about this week of cool weather, but I guess I am ready for it so it does not get me down, and I am happy about it.

I am happy about the weather patterns because it impresses me that in a far off land, literally on the other side of the planet, there is a place that determines our weather outcomes above me. This phenomenon is called the La Niña effect, opposite of the El Niño that we are accustom to hearing about from a couple of years ago. The La Niña effect is, “characterized by unusually cold ocean temperatures in the eastern equatorial Pacific, as compared to El Niño, which is characterized by unusually warm ocean temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific.” (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin. USA) The result of La Niña, a cooler than normal winter in places that normally would not get as cold, but also drastic changes in weather patterns causing rain and drought conditions abnormally else where too.

What does this mean? We are having a late winter with cooler temperatures and rain when we normally should not have rain. Our summer should be affect by this too, calling for a cooler than normal summer with higher levels of precipitation. But this is not the complete reason why I am happy?

I am happy because yesterday, while driving home from work, I looked in my rear-view mirror to see a young woman singing away to her car stereo. She was happy, smiling, enjoying herself–and it made me laugh. It made me laugh because it was additive to see her smiling, like someone yawning or upset, it spread to me causing me to smile back. She saw me smiling, but instead of stopping or looking the other way, she kept on singing, bobbing her head with the beat of her music gesturing me to sing too. Of course yesterday was warm and sunny in the afternoon, in contrast too today, so the happy-level was much more prone to being higher then. But the memory stuck–Thank you young woman, who ever you are, for sharing that ray of happiness with all the other motorists.

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