9 Things To Do When You Are Stuck At Home On A Snow Day, Or In Alabama's Case, A Non-Snow Day

9 Things To Do When You Are Stuck At Home On A Snow Day, Or In Alabama's Case, A Non-Snow Day

The entire state of Alabama shut down due to a potential snowstorm.

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On January 29, 2019, The entire state of Alabama shut down due to a potential snowstorm, that was calling for possibly 2-4 inches of snow. However, when everyone woke up the next morning, most places had little to no snow. This called for a lot of disappointed kids and students. While it was a little heartbreaking to wake up to no snow, I'm very thankful for the day off and that it wasn't as bad as it could've been.

Next time you're locked in the house because James Spann says there's going to be snow, Here are some things you can do to occupy your time.

1. Sleep

Take this day off and catch up on the extra Z's that you've been missing while staying up late to finish all that school work.

2. Get ahead on school work

Help your future self out and get a couple assignments ahead. I promise, you'll thank yourself later.

3. Meal Prep for the next few days/weeks

Again, your future self will thank you later.

4. Take a nap

Take that nap that you've wanted to take for weeks but haven't found the time to.

5. Do a workout at home

Make yourself feel a little more productive and exercise. Not only will it make yourself feel better, but it'll make you feel like you accomplished something.

6. Clean your room/apartment/house

Keep that productive streak going and turn on some music, and power clean your house. It'll feel amazing at the end of the day.

7. Cook yourself dinner.

End the long productive day with make yourself a dinner that you feel proud of.

8. Binge watch your favorite Netflix show.

While you're eating the dinner that you cooked for yourself, binge watch your favorite show. You can clean up your kitchen later. Take this time to relax.

9. Go to bed early.

End this long, productive day by clocking out early. After all you've done today, you deserve it!!

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Cirrus Clouds And Sunsets

Take 10 minutes and watch how much the sky changes in that time.
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The other night after work, I saw the most beautiful sunset. The top picture was taken at 8:50pm and the bottom one was taken at 9:00pm. It is amazing how quick the sky can change. I took the first picture as I was leaving work and then I had rushed back to my grandmas in Sandstone, Minnesota to try and capture the view from the country. The second picture is what I got. The sun danced on the cirrus clouds over the tree tops while I sat out on the porch and watched the sky go dark.

These wispy clouds start forming at heights about 5 kilometers up to 18 kilometers, so about 16,000 feet to 60,000 feet up. Cirrus clouds are the highest forming clouds in the four main cloud categories. Since these clouds are so high, they are not made up of water vapor like lower forming clouds. Temperatures tens of thousands of feet up can dip down to -30 degrees Celsius or -22 degrees Fahrenheit. So instead of these clouds being made up of water droplets, they are made up of ice crystals. But before they start forming, there needs to be something for the clouds to form on. The ice crystals attach onto particles in the air such as dust particles, volcanic ash, and metallic particles. So once the cooled droplets find a particle, cirrus clouds can start to form.

Although we may not take it into consideration, water in the sky does bear weight. Since cirrus clouds are thin, they only weight about 2,000-20,000 pounds.



Cirrus clouds are usually associated with fair weather. Which was true in my case. The weather that day was beautiful. At least until the mosquitos came out. Cirrus clouds can also indicate a warm front. Since warm air is less dense than cold air, the warm air moves up and over the cold air. This lift causes there to be a layering of clouds. One of these layers is the cirrus layer. So, if you see those cirrus clouds, a warm front has most likely gone through. Now go out and enjoy the fair weather cirrus clouds bring with them.



Cover Image Credit: cloud-maven.com

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Dear Mother Nature, We're Cold And Ready For Spring!

Where is spring and all the fun, warm weather activities it has to offer?

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It begins to set at the same time of year, around the end of February, the overall frustration with the post-January, pre-spring winter blues. Mornings are dark and cold, nighttime starts at 4 p.m., and the motivation to do anything is just nonexistent. Which brings up the question of where is spring and all the fun, warm weather activities it has to offer?

Come December, the holiday season brings out the love of winter the strongest, everyone is merry, spending time with loved ones, ice skating, drinking hot cocoa, cuddling up to watch movies, and just overall taking advantage of the cold weather. However, the weeks following New Years is when the mood starts to change and happiness begins to plummet people seem to fall into a post-holiday funk and the cold weather sure as hell doesn't help. It seems like the month of January is centuries long, I don't know if it's because it has 31 days or if the cold weather somehow stretches out the month, but making it through January is an accomplishment in itself. January is basically Winter in its own, so when it ends, people are more than ready to shake off the snow and get into some warmer days.

Then, February second rolls around and people are eagerly scoping the news to watch a groundhog predict our fate as they anxiously hope for him to not see his shadow and an early spring arrives at last. At least that is what happened this year. It seems that year after year the groundhog sees his shadow, gets scared, sprints back into his hole and we are left with six more weeks of winter, but this year told a different tale. The groundhog saw his shadow and ultimately it was predicted for an early spring. This prediction alone has sparked warm weather anticipation epically. People went straight to online shopping for bathing suits and shorts, rather than sweaters and boots.

Now, it may just be Virginia's wishy-washy weather but I somehow believe mother nature is playing tricks on us. One day will be 65, the next will snow, the next will rain and be 42, and the next will be 75. I even think the early spring prediction made Valentine's day for singles a little more bearable, because the 15th, the day after Valentine's day, was sunny and in the 60s. So mother nature, when is the inconsistency going to stop?

I think I speak for most when I say that we are ready for some spring weather. Ready for no jackets, shorts, getting in your car without having to clear it off first, longer days, flowers in bloom, and baby animals running around. Not to mention actually enjoying walking places in the warm spring breeze, rather than speed walking bundled up in 5 layers with a wind-chill that chaps up your face. It's something about warm weather that just makes people nicer, and overall puts us in better moods. Even on my most stressful day, if I walk outside and its anywhere above 60 and sunny, I automatically feel at ease.

I am not asking to fast forward to summer I am just ready for some mood enhancing, sunny, spring weather to make its way on over and terminate the winter blues.

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