Snow in the South
Recently, snowstorms have hit many states across the United States, from New York to Mississippi. I live in Atlanta, Georgia, which doesn’t normally receive snow. In fact, Atlanta's nickname is Hot-lanta for its steamy climate.
Even when it does snow here, it doesn't usually stick around for long. On the evening of Sunday, January 9, as Atlanta braced for a snowstorm, I doubted that there would be much buildup. When I woke up the next morning, I saw immedaitely that I was wrong!
Atlanta was entirely covered in a lush blanket of white after one night of snow. It was the most snow I had ever seen in my hometown. But there’s a downside. The snow made roads treacherous and the city only has 11 snow plows.
Schools and businesses were closed, so I had the day off. The snow was a whopping six inches deep outside! I couldn’t see my feet since they were buried in the snow.
This wasn’t the only snowstorm of this winter. Atlanta just had its first white Christmas in 128 years!
The Atlanta airport, the busiest in the world, is the largest hub for Delta Airlines. Hundreds of passengers were stranded there with the majority of flights being delayed or cancelled. I had just flown back from China and my plane arrived only an hour before the snow storm started. As soon as I arrived home, I got a welcome home present of snow!
I was more fortunate than many people. But looking at the bright side of things, snow means play for kids, and I’m a kid! So I made snowballs and even improvised a sled by using my surf board to slid down a nearby hill. I had to control the board just right and if I let go on accident, it meant I would turn into a slushy mess.
Tomorrow is another day without school and I am going to build a ginormous snowman! It is a heck-of fun to be lying in the cold snow and to marvel at the world of white, a miracle that has come to Atlanta.
PHOTO: Kid Reporter Andrew Liang in a southern winter wonder land in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo Courtesy Andrew Liang)