Sunday, December 20, 2009

Weather Report

I just finished commenting on Billy's Blog about how it was not snowing. Now it is. To make it more interesting, the weather forecast calls for light snow the next three or four days.

Light snow? Over the years I have learned to be suspicious of this term. I have also learned to not trust those weather maps they punch up with snow fall amounts for the different areas. Especially for my area. Acton is right on the line time after time for not so much snow and snow up to our keisters. If they call for 4 inches in our area, we can assume we will get double that amount. We are considered "coastal" by those smart guys who consider such things. But our weather emulates the weather coming in from the foothills of the White Mountains. More often than not we wake up to many inches of snow and eight miles away, they get a dusting.

I'm not complaining mind you. Live here long enough and you learn to turn a deaf ear to anything beyond the prediction of snow, rain, or sun. What we end up with is usually what they claimed, just not even close to the amounts they claimed we would get.

I just got off the phone with my daughter who lives in Richmond, Virginia. They got walloped with 14" of snow. Being born and bred in Maine, my kid is playing it safe and not venturing out today. She knows now how badly folks in the South handle snow. From my memories of living in the DC area, I know it also. Anyway, as much as I would have loved to share in this recent snow, I am just as glad we are only getting a brush by. I have all Winter to accumulate more snow than they will ever see.



Beach Bum said...

She knows now how badly folks in the South handle snow.

Truer words have never been spoken. Several years ago when Jim Hodges was governor of South Carolina snow became a reelection issue.

During a South Carolina "snow storm", less than an inch of snow of on the ground, the governor waited several hours before shutting down the state government and sending the workers home. When he did he sent everyone home at the same time and not staggered which resulted in a huge traffic jam as everyone began their way home at the same time. Not just government workers but local businesses that use the state government alerts to send their people home as well.

It was so bad that schools and day cares had to stay open extra hours to wait for parents to pick up their kids.

By the time of the next election the republicans used it as symbolic of Hodges incompetence.

sunshine said...

It's snowing here too.
Just very lightly right now. :)
We've got TONS already. Once it starts here.. it doesn't know when to stop!
I don't mind it. I just wish winter wasn't quite so long...


BBC said...

Still just raining here, and nothing but rain expected for the week. We don't get much snow here and when we do it doesn't last long. Still, I'm making a plow for the riding mower.

I'm old enough now that I don't care to deal with snow and when it does snow here I just stick to home, there's nothing that needs to be done so badly that it won't wait a few days or a week.

If we get three or four inches of it that's enough for me to squirrel around in an empty parking lot to keep my skills as sharp as I can, ha ha ha ha

Well, what can I say, enjoy the snow.

Kulkuri said...

Years ago I saw a cartoon of a man on the phone to the weatherman. He was saying, "I just got done shoveling 8 inches of scattered flurries out of my driveway."

Twenty years ago when we lived in Blacksburg, VA we had a snowstorm that dumped a foot or more on us. I was looking out the window and laughing at the low-rider pickup trying to get out of the parking lot. It was lowered and had skinny tires on wide wheels to make it even lower and still be legal. Anywho, I laughed until it got stuck in front of my truck and blocked me in. Luckily I didn't have to go anywhere.