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Nebraska was hit by a huge blizzard in 1888. Since then, other blizzards have been experienced by this state with millions of dollars lost by ranchers whose cattle herds were killed by storms or died for lack of hay.

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Are we not fortunate to live in Nebraska where we have only tornadoes, floods, heat waves, droughts, blizzards and high winds to cope with? No hurricanes to challenge us.

The English poet Robert Browning once wrote, “God’s in His Heaven, all’s right with the world.” That’s not true.

There are plenty of things wrong with Earth and Mother Nature is to blame. Let’s name a few: hurricanes, tornadoes, lightning, earthquakes, fires, mudslides, heat waves, floods, droughts, blizzards and avalanches.

The blizzard of 1888

Nebraska was hit by a huge blizzard in 1888. Since then, other blizzards have been experienced by this state with millions of dollars lost by ranchers whose cattle herds were killed by storms or died for lack of hay. Many herds have been fed by fliers who dropped hay to starving cattle. My father-in-law, Arvine Bierman, was one pilot who did that.

Devastating as those winter storms were, human lives lost were small compared to those taken by hurricanes.

I have been to the sites of tornadoes shortly after they struck and I would not minimize their impact on cities, towns, farmsteads, cropland, cattle and other farm animals.

Shelters save lives

Fortunately, basements, storm caves and other forms of shelter save lives. Today’s communication saves lives, as do storm-tracking systems by television and radio stations.

Friskie our Maltepoo, has just shown up as I write. She hates thunder and often seeks to be close to us when she hears it.

Averil, my wife, has seen much of Florida. I have seen very little while there for a step-grandson’s wedding. Nice place - when not in the path of hurricanes.

As for me, I like Nebraska weather almost all the time.

And I especially appreciate our Husker volleyball team’s double sweep of UCLA, a welcome, if temporary, respite from ongoing hurricane news.

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