The Thank You Project: #192 (Polar Vortexes)

I want to start this Thank You with an apology because it actually has been a very long time since I’ve written a Thank You Project entry. It’s been a very busy time for me but I decided I need to get back into the shape of things.

So it would seem weird that I would give thanks to a polar vortex. I actually didn’t even know this term existed until this year. The winter has been brutal. When I mean brutal I mean terribly brutal. I can’t think of a year in previous years where it has gotten so cold and snow has stayed on the ground the whole winter. We had many snow days including times where travel was actually banned. We also had so many days of negative degree temperatures including one night where we had wind chills around -47F.

So with the description of polar vortexes, why on earth would I be thankful for them? I think they gave us a wake up call. The past couple of winters have been very mild. I think people were starting to lose their ability of how to really drive in the snow (trust me it takes awhile sometimes to recall those skills). I think the polar vortexes reminded the cities that they need to make sure they are prepared for such harsh conditions and that sometimes you just need to shut down everything for the safety of others. I think they also gave us a rare chance to see how cold it really can get and appreciate people living in even colder conditions. Imagine if you had to deal with -47F temperatures every single day? Now that would be tough, but there are people that have to live with similar situations.

Besides, all of the cold will make me appreciate the upcoming spring temperatures that much more!

The Lermz

Michael Lerma graduated the University of Notre Dame in 2009 with an Information Technology Management degree. He is currently a senior Project Manager with the Nielsen Company.

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