[57Find:Unv,His,Sci.ZipSD.]SD wags often say something like, "If you don't like the weather now, wait an hour or day." Of course, the other side of that is "If you like the weather now, be prepared for misery in a day or an hour."
Yesterday was beautiful here for this time of year. Today not so much. No 50 degree light breezes wisping around on a gorgeous sunny day. Nope. Nasty cold north wind and temperature now about 29. Chill factor feels like something near absolute zero.
We benefit greatly from our weather technology. We often know pretty much what to expect for the next day and often for the next week even if forecasters misplace our local weather forecast and substitute something that works better for frigid Canada or some warm valley a few hundred miles south or east. Weather shifts like that from last evening to this morning could lead to tragedy were we ignorant of the potential.
Classic example was the "Children's Blizzard of 1888". Still remembered after 125 years.
Undue reliance of modern information and failure to use or to misuse protection can still lead to tragedy on the plains. I see and hear of people setting out across the plains in warmed cars with summer clothes, no emergency supplies, and often very little reason for making such dangerous dashes in the face of weather furor. What might have happened a 125 years ago because of weather ignorance, can now happen with plain stupidity or drunkeness, or gross over estimation of ability and under estimation of odds of disaster.
*** Stay tuned even if all your driving is done with a TV Remote from a recliner---Doug Wiken