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Sudden Snow: Winter Takes Its Toll

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on January 4, 2016 in News & Opinion |

It seems as if the winter weather, the sudden fall of snow, did catch more people by surprise than I had thought. Convinced that the bad weather falling on a Sunday morning would have a more positive effect on road traffic, I wrote yesterday that the chaos had been postponed, that there were no problems on the road. Most people staying at home on a Sunday, there being less traffic, the problems should have been considerable minimised. Sadly it appears that this was not the case.

The Bild newspaper for northern Germany reports that winter broke out suddenly, as if it was completely unexpected, and they report that there were over three hundred traffic accidents within twenty-four hours with, fortunately, very few injuries. Even so: so many accidents in the middle of winter? And probably just because no one expected winter to bring cold weather with it, possibly even snow?

Traffic Accident in Snow

Photo Source: Boston Public LibraryCreative Commons

I sometimes wonder whether people pay attention to the time of year at all, whether they even know what winter is and what the season can bring with it. In summer people are surprised – and complain – when the sun comes out and it is so hot that many are sunburned within a few hours. In winter much the same: complaints that it is cold, traffic accidents and cold-related illnesses.

Has our civilization advanced so much that we do not even know what Mother Nature brings to our world at certain times of the year? Do we have to see the reports on social media before realizing something is going on outside our doors? Climate change is here to stay, but the seasons are still the same and the weather, severe and brutal at times, is not going to change its ways. Perhaps we ought to start teaching people winter brings cold and snow, summer warmth and sun in school, they don’t seem to know otherwise.

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