Friday, January 8, 2010
While my friends in southwest Pennsylvania and other points north have been having snow days or delays, we in Calcasieu Parish, LA had a "cold day" today. Yes, the kids were off school. Usually only happens for hurricanes. The temperature dipped down somewhere in the 20s last night. Today it is hovering around 30. Yes, it is cold. The superintendent of the school district based his decision on the thousands of kids in the area who either walk to school or wait outside for buses. 20 degrees might not be an extremely dangerous temperature, except that some folks here just won't dress for the weather in winter. I've witnessed it myself. It might be in the 30s or 40s, and I see kids walking home from school in shorts and short sleeves. No jacket. So he has a point. I don't know if they don't own coats. If they're not in the habit. Or if they just don't get cold. Fortunately, the forecast says it will be back to 60 by next Thursday.