VIDALIA, Ga. — The average city in the U.S. gets about 28 inches of snow each year. Vidalia, a town of about 10,000 in southeast Georgia, accounts for a whopping zero inches of that number.
If you want something round and white in Vidalia, you look in the ground and not the sky — the famous onion is grown there.
But one day in the 1980s, a winter storm struck just before Georgia Tire Co. founder Harry Moses was supposed to drive a load of tires to Robins Air Force Base, located about 90 minutes northwest of Macon.
"There was ice on the ground, and it was sleeting," recalled Harry's son, Rusty, who was running the business by then. "Daddy was probably 70 years old at the time, and I was telling him, 'You've got to be careful. It's bad out there.'"
After the second or third warning, Harry looked up from his newspaper and said, "Son, I flew a B17 bomber through the English fog and landed it when I could hardly see the runway. I think I can drive a truck to Robins Air Force Base."
"I just laughed and grinned and said, 'I hear you,'" Harry said. "He knew how to put you in your place."