I’d like to dedicate this nightmarish snowstorm to…KSHB TV weather wonk Gary Lezak‘s mother Kay Rubell, who passsed away last Sunday.
A little background…
To get your head around this concept, you need to understand two things. That the two things Lezak has loved most are his mom and the weather.
That’s not to say he’s lacking in affection for other family members, in his romantic life or for his friends, workmates, etc. It’s simply that Lezak lives to study and break down storms and the weather and was amazingly close to his mother.
Anybody who has called Gary on his cellphone, knows that what they hear while awaiting his answer is not the typical phone ring, but rather a selection of music from one of Lezak’s favorite artists…or…more often than not, one of his mother’s favorite artists.
Like the Simon & Garfunkle song “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”
And through the years, Gary kept in constant contact with his mom, who took great delight in her son’s many successes as a bright lights, big city meteorology man
Which brings us to this snowstorm.
Two weeks or so ago I asked Lezak to peer into what passes for his crystal weather ball and give us an idea of what sort of winter lay ahead. As I recall, we’d been going through a spate of balmy temps and I reminded Gary of the fierce snows we had late last spring.
Was anything of the sort awaiting us this year?
When I asked him about the worst case scenario, he said prophetically:
“That we get one significant snowstorm with about 10 inches of snow and brutally cold weather the first week of February.”
Gary knew his mom was on her last legs and we talked about switching his cellphone music back to her Simon & Garfunkle song for those final, however few days.
And just as he predicted that afternoon, she’s gone and Kansas City and Lawrence got our 10 inch snowfall the first week of February.
Gary’s mom would be so proud.