We've had two storms (nearly a foot each) two weekends in a row. Both times, the snow accumulation melts nearly away by the next storm. Creeks are flowing freely around here and people are spending more time stocking up on firewood. Storms help us focus on the simple needs in life: shelter, warmth, water, and food. We come in after a long walk in foot deep snow; we make tea and hot chocolate coconut milk; we build a good fire in the wood-stove and read a book, or work on homework or draw. In other places, where snow is plentiful, I imagine people are always prepared. Here is Arizona, we take the daily warmth and sunshine for granted; a storm comes and people scrabble around for basics.