One of the nice things about living in Wisconsin is that the scenery is pretty awesome. Whether it’s the urban skyline of Milwaukee or Madison, the majestic natural formations of places like Kettle Moraine, or the peacefulness of Door County, this state produces scenes that can be all at once tranquil, exciting, awe inspiring, and breathtaking, no matter what the season may be, including here in winter. But the beauty of winter is served on a double-edged sword: The sight of a snow-covered field or wooded area brings serenity, but it’s best appreciated when you’re indoors looking through a window.
The past couple of weeks here in Madison have brought 3 different snowstorms of varying degrees of effect. The most recent of those storms occurred this past Sunday evening/Monday morning, when a storm dumped around 6 inches of snow.
That Monday snowstorm was actually the good news of the week, and not just because the original Madison forecast called for more snow than that. It ushered in what meteorologists call a polar vortex. Basically, it’s Mother Nature leaving her freezer door open and letting a lot of chilly air escape. This week, that vortex of cold, cold air dropped right smack dab onto the Upper Midwestern United States.