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Ice scream

Angel DeJesus, left, and John Rosario clear snow at an apartment complex in Hartford, Conn., on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. A weekend storm dumped only about 4 inches of snow in Hartford. Snowfall in New England ranged from 2 to 8 inches in Connecticut and Rhode Island, to nearly 11 inches in northern Massachusetts to nearly 17 inches on Maine's southern coast, according to the National Weather Service. (AP Photo/Dave Collins)

All right, so I'm watching TV news from all over the world, and you know the one story I hear repetitively from almost everywhere? How lousy the weather is.

The East Coast and Midwest blanketed with snow and ice -- up to 17 inches in Maine alone. The south is freezing. And that's just the U.S.

This past weekend, there was a blizzard in Jerusalem. I mean, that's messing with the Old Testament. If I were in Venice, I'd have frost on my gondola.

For all of you who say you miss having all four seasons, try to bring yourself to remember that winter is one of them. Some of you nostalgically recall the beauty of moonlight on the newly fallen virgin snow. For some reason, a lot of you have forgotten the virgin slush immediately followed by virgin black ice, a Christmas gift to tow truck drivers.

So, Phoenix, how's the weather? Oh, mid-70s to low-80s. And if relatives from Chicago are calling, try to hide that smug sound to your voice.

Yes, it gets hot in the summer, but thank God you don't have to shovel it!

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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