Thursday, April 30, 2009

Snow Flu

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I know the world is up in arms about Swine Flu, but here in Montana, we're suffering from a bad case of Snow Flu.

It's that unfortunate malady that strikes when a population realizes that the first snow of the season was nearly seven months ago and that they are, indeed, sick and tired of looking at the color white.

Symptoms include overzealous observation of the radar loop, grumbling, and general depression accompanied by anxiety (due to the inability to seed the spring crops) and fatigue (due to shoveling out the feed pickup after it got stuck in a drift). 

Unlike the Swine Flu, which has the amazing ability to depress both the grain and livestock markets, the Snow Flu has few immediate consequences. Planting delays, calf illnesses, and other delayed effects will not be fully realized until the point at which the dust is blowing and the temperature soars into the high 90s. 

A subsidiary effect of Snow Flu is the underlying guilt felt by agricultural producers who know better than to complain about moisture in any form, so the grumbling is usually followed by some half-hearted comment such as, "But the dam should be full for awhile, so I guess we should be thankful. Those calves should weigh up come October."

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In cattle, the disease presents as a general bad attitude accompanied by droopy calves and depletion of the haystack.

The only known remedy is July.

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9 comments:

Jennifer said...

This weather is quite crazy. I'm in Michigan and all we're getting is rain, rain and more rain. The pool's not up yet, but the kids can swim in the back yard.

Ann from Montana said...

So glad to see your post! I was thinking of you and eastern ranchers in general as I heard about the weather. I am in that foo foo corner of MT that skated with this storm - a bit of snow on Monday, some wind, no rain. Glad to see you are at least with power and hopefully no casualties.

It is warmer and sunny here today, hope it gets to you soon!

Kath said...

Oh no!!! I am very much enjoying being surrounded by green finally. Hope you do too SOON!!! Snow makes mud a welcome sight. :)

Hafts Happenings said...

Weather is crazy! I would love to take some of that snow for you :)

Shelagh said...

Amen sister, I am north of you by a few hours outside of Calgary. This weather is depressing. All the animals outside & inside are sick of this. I feel guilty for complaining, but the grey skies are closing in on my upbeat demeanor. I kept saying that we must live in Narnia, where it is always winter & never Christmas.

Things are looking up for the weekend!!

ranchmama said...

Oh man! I feel guilty looking out my window and seeing the sun and green grass today! We had rain on Wed all day. Even last week we just got a dusting of snow.

I hope the sun shines for you and you can start seeing all that green grass that's sure to be under all that white!

Mum-me said...

The only known rememdy is July.Classic!

We had our first snow of the season here this week - a tiny spot way back on the ranges. And the wind was blowing directly from that snowfield underneath my front door! Brrr!!!

BoufMom9 said...

HOLY cow! We had 90 degree weather for a few days in NJ and then went down to near freezing for a weekend!
This weather is certainly crazy!
Can't believe you have SNOW! YIKES!

Anonymous said...

I feel for you.. I really do.. I know you all need the moisture.. Hope the snow goes away for you all soon..

Sandy

 
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