You have no idea, since moving to Omaha two decades ago, how many times I've heard from Louisiana kin and acquaintances, "Oh, no! You can have all dat cold and snow! It too cold up there for me!"
One high-school classmate recently referred to me living in "Alaska . . . er, Nebraska."
WEYUL . . . looky at the above picture of LSU's Manship School of Mass Communications this morning (courtesy TwitPix). And read the following from The Advocate in -- heh heh heh -- snowed-in Baton Rouge:
With schools and many businesses closed this morning, area residents took to the snow-covered streets to enjoy the rare weather.BATON ROUGE now has had more snow than Omaha so far this winter. You have nooooooo idea how funny I'm finding this.
Even as snow turned to sleet, sledders and even a snowboarder slid down the rolling white hills of City Park.
On the LSU campus, seniors Kirk Melancon and Cade Worsham ran around the snow-covered campus fairgrounds with a few-dozen other students.
The two roommates started with photos and snowballs, which eventually led to full-on snow wrestling.
“I have one more exam today at 5:30,” Melancon said. “But I had to come out here today. This is a one in 15-year snow.”
Meteorologist Danielle Manning with the National Weather Service in Slidell estimated that 3 inches of snow fell in East Baton Rouge Parish, 2 inches in West Baton Rouge Parish and 5 in Livingston Parish.
The average snowfall in greater Baton Rouge is 2 to 3 inches, she said.
When Chicago native Chris Horton looked out of his Baton Rouge window this morning, the winter scene reminded him of home.
“Straight up Chicago,” he said. “I couldn’t think of anything but being in the Windy City.”
Anybody down there need a snow shovel? I have a couple, moderately used -- $100 cheap! Each. Will FedEx for an additional $55.