From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Equinox Storm on the Great Plains

The Rural Life...



A major winter storm is moving across the Great Plains today and tomorrow. My mother would have called it an "equinox storm". She always said that bad winter storms were likely to occur around the March vernal equinox and the equinox falls on March 20 this year.

My friends at Chambers, Nebraska, on the eastern edge of the Sandhills have a nasty weather forecast that predicts up to 15 inches of snow and a caution for those who must travel to let others know their destination and to carry a winter survival kit.

Even my brother who lives in southern Kansas has a winter storm watch in his forecast. It looks like they will get some snow but it won't be cold enough for it to stick until tomorrow. Today, they have a chance of much-needed rain, and I sure hope they get some because it's been very dry there.

I am saying a little prayer for everyone who has to work outside in bad weather today, and especially for farmers and ranchers. Many of them will be working terribly hard under difficult and dangerous circumstances, trying to feed the livestock and fighting for the survival of the newborns. May God bless, protect and help them.

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