Weather Duds

The Exploding Meteorologists have been at it again this past week, warning us of an epic snowstorm that would leave us shut in for most of the weekend.  The Weather Channel even gave it a name, ‘Nemo.’  I don’t know whether they were referring to the captain of the Nautilus, or the fish in the Disney movie.  Whatever.

Friday was a normal workday, other than that I got a late start and didn’t get into the office until 10:00 a.m.  I was going to come home early, but then, as the afternoon went on, I started to get productive, and I didn’t want to interrupt that, so I ended up getting home a little late.   The weather was starting to get unpleasant after dinner, with snow and wind, so it was good to be home.

The morning, I woke up to a cloudy sky: the snow had stopped.  We got a little less than a foot.  By noon, the sun was out and sky was a beautiful clear blue.  The streets were plowed, the buses were running, everything was relentlessly normal.  Shut in for the weekend, yeah, right.

I know that places further east, like Boston and Long Island, got whomped.   But for New York City, weather like this used to be part of a normal winter.  And when I lived in Pittsburgh, getting a foot of snow at a clip wasn’t even worthy of being called a ‘snowstorm.’  You shoveled it out and then enjoyed a mug of hot chocolate.

Enough, already….

4 thoughts on “Weather Duds”

  1. We got maybe 9 inches out here and there’s far less now, since it was 47 degrees and rainy all day.

    Nothing to sweat, nothing to gripe over. Tell me you live in Boston or out on the Island and then you’ve got a right to bitch away.:)

    I remember days when snow events like these were normal from about Christmas until at least third week in February; there was always some snow on the ground all winter long. Now there’s nothing.

  2. The funny thing is when we get snow people forget that we tend to get snow almost every year at least once. This year has been very mild and last year outside of a blizzard for a day (and a mild one at that)nothing. Two years ago we had a major blizzard so bad everything was snowed in, including school, church and most jobs. I had an event at church and the library and both closed. I’m in Illinois outside of Chicago and this has always been a snow area.

    I generally hibernate every winter except when I have to go out (like when I was working or school)because I suffer seasonal affective disorder and severe colds. Right now I have bronchitis so my activities are limited.

  3. It amazes me what weak sisters these people are. I remember when snow on the ground was the norm from about Chrismas until at least the end of February.

    You’d get an overnight snowfall that was anywhere from a few inches to several and it was no big deal.

    There was no such thing as calling a storm a “nor’easter” and there was no such thing as a “Winter weather advisory.” And there sure was no such thing as taking a storm and giving it a silly little name.

    It’s the winter; why the complaints?

    Tell me you live in Connecticut or a state where there was 3 feet of snow and you’re entitled to complain away.

  4. “Nor’easter” was originally a New England locution for a certain kind of winter storm. The Exploding Meteorologists latched onto the term about 15 years ago. I guess they thought it sounded cool.

    When I was growing up, and even into my 20s, I remember that every winter had about a week’s worth of really cold weather, with lows below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. As I write this, the weather reporter on the radio is moaning about how it’s… 17 degrees. Big deal: it’s February, and it’s supposed to do that.

    But there’s money in taking ordinary winter weather and blowing it up as the Storm of the Century (until next year).

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