Blizzards Or The Absence Of Them



Why is it, that when a particularly heavy snow lands on the east coast, it’s called a “killer blizzard”, yet when the same thing occurs in the Midwest, it’s called “heavy snowfall”?

Why does a particularly heavy snowstorm  rate hour-long news reports on at least two major networks? Which, by the way, kept me from seeing a special on The Eagles, which is why I planted myself in front of the TV instead of reading a good book.  Can someone west of the Mississippi answer that question?

I watched at least ten reporters “in the field,”  standing in snow up to their knees.  Then, as I looked in the background, or they began to walk, I realized the snow wasn’t that deep and that they had clearly found a snowdrift in which to stand for their report.  The snow on level, un-drifted ground was ankle-deep at the most.

One reporter criticized the local road crews as he showed us the plowed streets of a downtown area (it looked to me like they’d done a pretty good job of getting them cleared) and then measured the depth of the snow on the side of the street (where the plowed snow had piled up!)  Where did he think the snow GOES, after it’s been pushed out of the way? Did he think it magically disappeared?  Another reporter made “snow angels.”  I guess he thought I’d enjoy that more than The Eagles.

It’s SNOW, people.  It falls from the sky and piles up all around.  The next morning, you dig out and go about your day.  If it’s particularly heavy, then stay inside and be grateful for those who push it out of the way while you slept.  Don’t get out and try to drive when crews are trying to clean your roads and streets.  If you don’t know how to drive in snow, then don’t.  Be patient.  All that’s required to make it disappear are competent road crews and thirty-three degrees Fahrenheit.  It WILL go away.

And don’t pre-empt The Eagles.  Bad call.

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