FrigidIt is cold in North Platte. The thermometer at our house said almost 10 degrees while forecasters are predicting a high of 13 with flurries. I took this picture of our thermometer at 10:30 am. We still have about 3 inches of snow on the ground from the last winter storm. This winter continues to bring much hardship to parts of Nebraska. People in some areas are still without electricity. I can’t even imagine being without electricity for more than 30 days. Communities are using local generators to provide electricity. Up to 4,500 households were without power Thursday (1/11/07) according to the Lincoln Journal Star. And as is usually the case in disasters like this the Rural hotline says requests for aid exceed the funds available. One good thing about our current weather, we do need the moisture.

[Update 1/13/07] I learned this afternoon that my parents and my brother and his family are without power in Springfield, Missouri. They are expecting two more fronts to move through that area before its all over. Again, ice is the culprit. Bring on the snow and keep the ice away. I think about all those people without power. We are so dependent on electricity.

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