The bomb cyclone caused quite a ruckus!

Though the storm did not drop a substantial amount of snow like the blizzard of 1997, it was still one for the record books.

I was a teenager during the '97 blizzard, and I remember going a long period of time without electricity, and we didn't have an Internet connection, but that's because it wasn't a thing at our house to begin with.

 I also remember digging our horses out of their barns and gathering stray cattle and building fence for weeks after the blizzard - and our rural school cancelled school for a week!

What I don't remember is the same mass panic that the bomb cyclone caused, but maybe that's because we weren't connected to the outside world like we are now.

Back then, all I could see was my neighbors coming together to do what had to be done and lifting each other up during the aftermath.

Last Wednesday, I was sitting in our dark living room, listening to the wind howl and scrolling Facebook on my smartphone before it died, searching for updates and information on the storm.

There were countless hysterical posts by people who were stranded on the plains with no electricity, no water, no food, and no Internet or cell phone signal - the world was surely coming to an end.

There were even posts from law enforcement agencies, and power companies asking people to calm down, stay home, be patient and for the love of goodness, please stop calling every 20 minutes.

While the storm was terrifying and more than a little inconvenient, I couldn't help but be thankful for the way I was raised.

Those of us who live and toil on the plains work closely with nature on a daily basis. We know Mother Nature can be cruel, we know the weather can change drastically from one day to the next, and we know how to prepare and use common sense.

Though you are never fully prepared for a storm of this magnitude, it is essential to know how to persevere and be self-efficient; especially when you live in the boonies miles away from help and your nearest neighbor.

I would never take away from the severity of this storm which has claimed homes, barns and livestock, and it is not my intent to be harsh. My heart goes out to everyone impacted by nature's wrath.

However, during these difficult times, I am proud to be a part of an industry of people who are smarter, stronger and more stubborn than any storm.

My thoughts and prayers are with those in Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, and everyone impacted by disastrous and severe weather.

Like the generations before us who survived their fair share, we will overcome and endure, because ag folks can survive.