While still thinking about last Thursday's winter storm, I want to say that any storm that brings significant periods of rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow is fascinating from a professional standpoint.

It was far from fun to walk to work in the sleet, and shoveling on Friday morning was hard work. Nevertheless, the storm was meteorologically exciting, as was the cold weather that followed the storm.

Somewhere over coffee, a group of epidemiologists sitting six feet or more apart and wearing masks are chatting about their first real global pandemic with a notable level of professional passion.

They're not wishing sickness or hardship on anyone, of course, but even though they know this is a very dark and scary time, they cannot help it that this is what they've been waiting for.

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