So after months of waiting for an opening, Mother Nature FINALLY had time to get me in for an appointment.
Thursday morning when I walked into the station, you would've thought I lost a battle with the blow dryer and in a way, I did. After calling the National Weather Service in Charleston, I confirmed the strongest wind gust Thursday was at 3:24am (THE SAME TIME I GOT OUT OF MY CAR!) Ironic, yes. Annoying, even more so! (Side Note: the strongest wind gust from this week's storm happened at 6:14pm Wednesday in Parkersburg at 73mph).
I almost got a new nose that morning as well. Let me explain. Like many people, I travel with a lot of stuff. When I get out of my car, my hands are full and I usually resort to kicking open my door. NOT THURSDAY! Twice that door came about 1 inch from slamming me in the face as the wind blew it shut! I was a little worked up after that but thankfully my nose was spared.
As the day rolled on, the winds started to die down but not before a bunch of WTAP staff members strolled into work. It was then that I found myself faced with a dilemma. Is it politically correct to tell someone that Mother Nature switched their side part unbeknownst to them? Or that their tie is a little left justified? This is much like a dilemma I face weekly when someone has food stuck in their teeth. Is it really my place to tell them? Or will they eventually use the restroom and notice it while washing their hands in front of the mirror. (I will tackle this taboo in a later blog, so keep checking back!)
The reason I share my unexpected makeover with you in this weeks blog is to shed some light on the weather phenomenon we experienced this week. Seventy degree temperatures in February are far from normal in the Mid-Ohio Valley. When it happens, you can expect we're in for some severe weather. And that's just what we got! Houses damaged, thousands without power and of course thunder and lightning.
I guess the good news from all of this is that we were spared the tornados that swept through and killed at least eight people in Oklahoma.
Spring is right around the corner, I guess this week was just a taste of the mindset we need to be getting into.