The Departure Lounge was rammed with people. The sensible ones carried everything essential in backpacks, others insisted on dragging large suitcases behind them, adding to the gridlock.

Sea-Tac Airport expected the last weekend before Christmas to be busy – it always was – but even the additional check-in staff and baggage handlers were unable to cope after the news broke.

The extra flights to Norway were leaving from every airport in the US and elsewhere around the globe. All manner of aircraft had been enlisted, from massive army Hercules carriers to twin-prop private planes that would need to stop for refuelling along the way.

Teenagers hoping for their first glimpse barged past pensioners hoping to see it one last time. Parents hauled children behind them, unable to make them understand the significance of the moment.

In front of the banks of monitors in the Terminal building the massed ranks kept watch. The weather forecaster confirmed the rumour as fact:

‘It has been officially confirmed that there has been snow in Tromsø, Norway. This is the first recorded snowfall in over fifty years anywhere in the world. Meteorologists on the scene predict it should last until Christmas Day.’

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  1. I thought they found Santas workshop full of toys…

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    1. Then I would be joining the stampede 🙂


  2. See? Who said nothing worthwhile could come of global warming?? Excellent take Iain.

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  3. Fun take on a serious topic, Iain.

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  4. I remember as a kid playing in the snow every winter, but it’s been quite a few years since we had any more than a scattering down here. I so want to build a snowman!

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    1. We had a lot last year – unfortunately nowhere near Christmas time!


  5. Interesting thought. By the numbers of people who flocked to Oregon to see the Eclipse I can easily imagine it to be true, should that happen. But, there is no global warming, remember?

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    1. Oh yes, I remember I read that on Twitter. I believe it’s been cancelled!

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  6. Great take on the prompt, Iain.

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  7. Why is everyone going to Norway? What does snowfall in Norway signify?


    1. If you read the last line carefully Abhijit you will find the answer.


      1. OK.

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  8. Hi Iain! Just a note to say I’m about to go offline for my spiritual peace retreat. Have a wonderful two weeks!! I’ll be sending you lots of blessings.

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    1. Have a great retreat Debbie 🙂


  9. Grim. Thank God Global Warming is Fake News!

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  10. I grew up in the Los Angeles area, where snow is just as uncommon. I remember seeing a news clipping of snow in the town where I lived happening the year before I was born. I really wanted to see snow for myself. I was a teenager before I ever did.

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