We don’t have a water cooler at the district office, and, if we did, it would probably be covered with a plastic bag and tape like all the other water fountains in the district because of, well, you know, the pandemic.
That said, the gossip around the figurative water cooler yesterday was all about today’s weather and if we’d be out of school because of it.
March is a funny time of the year. Some schools around the United States are still experiencing weather days because of snow, but here in Alabama those days are typically behind us. While we have had snow days in March before, our weather days this time of the year are usually for “severe weather” (read: tornadoes).
Today is just such a day. Today’s risk level for where I live: “enhanced.”
We haven’t always taken weather days for forecasted severe weather, and sometimes I talk to people who are just a bit (or a lot) incredulous that the district–much less the state–would shut things down for weather that hasn’t yet occurred.
The answer to “why?” around these parts usually comes in the form of a date, and that date is April 27, 2011.
Severe weather was forecasted that day, but I certainly don’t remember there being any talk of keeping kids home.
What I do remember is huddling in the hallway as tornadoes (plural) moved within sight of our school. I do remember taking a different route home that day because my normal one was blocked by fallen trees. I do remember finding a piece of mail in my front yard that evening. It was an old Visa bill that belonged to one of those who lost his life that day; he lived nearly 100 miles away to the southwest of my home.
To quote from the National Weather Service website, “there were 29 confirmed tornadoes in Central Alabama on this day, and 62 confirmed tornadoes across the State of Alabama.” It was a rough day.
It’s early as I’m posting this, and the day is ahead of us. Be safe, everyone.