This week in history we look back 10, 25 and 50 years to see what was happening in the eastern Wake County area.
This week we focus on ice appreciation. While winter weather is terribly annoying at times, it is rarely as devastating as summer storms and hurricanes. So enjoy the slippery sidewalks and impassable roads while they last... the alternative is usually worse.
In 2004, a set of storms hit eastern Wake County. However, because the weather wasn’t throwing a fit of irregularity, the results were rather different. In 1989, the storm woes were much the same. And in 1964, we take a break from the storm stories to look at Zebulon’s efforts to stop something much more dangerous than any storm.
There’s a saying in North Carolina. “If you don’t like the weather, wait a few minutes; it’ll change.” The weather here is known to be as temperamental as the Greek gods who were said to control it in ancient times. With the recent cold snaps, it’s easy to forget that ice and snow isn’t the normal weather for early March. However, while snow and ice are certainly troublesome, they are often not nearly so dangerous as their summertime counterpart.
Continuing on our storm streak, 2004 brought its own icy blast of winter weather.
Comparing the 2004 and the 1989 weather, it becomes clear that while icy weather may freeze towns in their tracks for a day or two, the damage they do is usually minimal compared to the havoc a strong thunderstorm can wreak.
No bones about it: storms are dangerous. They can often be deadly. But in the end, there’s little that can be done about them, and most of the damage done is to replaceable property. Preventable diseases like polio, however, threaten the most valuable thing we have: human life. And in 1964, the world was still fighting the paralyzing disease of polio with vaccines to prevent infection.
Since the development of the polio vaccine, worldwide cases of the crippling disease have been reduced from hundreds of thousands to under a thousand, with the disease expected to be eradicated in the future.