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February 5, 2014

Silver linings to a snowfall

Residents say seasons make the state special

ANDERSON — Carma Meyer is excited about the recent snowfall blanketing the area.

“I have always wanted to live in Alaska and this is the closest I can come to it,” she said with a laugh. “And I like to shovel.”

Meyer, 64, of Pendleton said not everyone appreciates her love of winter weather.

“The people I work with don’t like my enthusiasm — but I love it,” she said. “It’s nice and white and bright and sparkly, which is a nice change for the gray, drab weather we normally have this time of the year.”

A self-proclaimed avid gardener, Meyer said she is looking forward to the spring when she can start planting her vegetable garden, but until then she has a long list of reasons why people can enjoy every minute of the snow.

“You can sit in front of a fireplace and read a book,” she said. “And another good thing about all this snow is you don’t have to go to work.”

Kathleen Sprouse, agriculture and natural resources extension educator for Purdue Extension in Madison County, also said there were benefits to the snowfall.

“For the areas that are dry, the snow will help to replenish those areas and help with the soil moisture levels,” she said.

Meyer, however, said she does have limits when it comes to her love of frozen flurries.

“I’m fine with snow until the middle of March and then I’m ready for spring,” she said.

But there might be a few more snowstorms for Meyer to enjoy before March. The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting more snow for both the weekend and early into next week.

“Beyond that there is no accuracy,” said Megan Bird, a meteorologist with the Indianapolis NWS office.

Sorry, Punxsutawney Phil — Bird is calling your bluff.

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