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The Shawnee News-Star
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  • Well, the Great Frost of ’14 wiped out my garden.
    Killed everything except the onions. Even nailed the tomatoes that I had covered with cans and buckets.
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  • Well, the Great Frost of ’14 wiped out my garden.
    Killed everything except the onions. Even nailed the tomatoes that I had covered with cans and buckets.
    It was a sad scene and disappointing in the extreme.
    A couple of years ago I grew weary of the histrionics of the tv weather guys, who tend to turn a routine cold front into The Day After Tomorrow, so I started looking for a more reliable forecaster and finally settled on the National Weather Service.
    We all know Gary England invented weather, but I am pretty sure he sold the patent to the NWS some years ago. I figure, hey. These guys don’t have to worry about ratings, so they’ll give me the most accurate forecasts they can.
    They’re the government, right? I’m a taxpayer, which means I’m already funding the weather forecasts and might as well use them.
    And I’ve been happy with the predictions I’ve gotten from the weather service. The actual weather’s been a little hotter than I would prefer and a little too dry on occasion, but the forecasts have been right on the money.
    So, the night before the Great Frost, the NWS was telling me I could expect 31 degrees here on Brian’s Five Acres. As I learned in Mrs. Gregory’s science class, that’s below freezing but not by much.
    The corn and beans would be toast, but 31 degrees shouldn’t bother the potatoes and I’d cover the tomatoes.
    So, I went to bed feeling pretty ok with what the weather service said was coming my way.
    Only problem was that they were off. Way off, at least in my neighborhood.
    We got serious frost. The layer on the windshield was so thick I had to wipe the scraper after every pass, like you have to do with the shaving soap when you’re using a straight razor.
    I checked and, sadly, there is no lemon law in effect when someone gives you a bogus weather forecast.
    So, I replanted my garden Saturday and life goes on.
    Happy Easter, everyone.
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    Brian Blansett is publisher of The Shawnee News-Star.

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