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WEATHER: Two inches doesn’t a snowstorm make

Letter by Lee A. Dinehart, Tacoma on Jan. 5, 2011 at 11:24 am with 19 Comments »
January 6, 2011 1:38 pm

Where do the weather people on the local channels get their definition of a “storm”?

There was quite a bit of snow recently around the Everett area, but not much around Tacoma. We had about a 2-inch dusting and a 20-minute ice pellet shower, and the weather reporters have been talking about our “storm” ever since.

I was born in South Dakota, where they know what a storm was. They shut nothing down. The drifts were over the fences. You still went to school. There were no school buses, so you walked to school. Two miles. Uphill. Both ways.

In this area, we have a 2-inch dusting and they close schools and tell people to stay home.

A little snow it is. A storm it isn’t.

Leave a comment Comments → 19
  1. beerBoy says:

    It’s all relative ain’t it?

    Did I ever tell you about how as a boy in Iowa we never got snow days? And I delivered papers in 20 below weather. And blizzards dumping 15 ft. drifts. And how I used to walk 3 miles to school……….

  2. Fibonacci says:

    Hey Lee. There are not over a million people, hills, nor the same moisture content in South Dakota!! You just can’t compare the two. I also grew up with cold and snow, but it was not the same as here.

  3. Roncella says:

    Lee, I remember when I moved to Washington after be borned and raised in Chicago il. The winters in Chicago can be bitter and mean. The schools never closed, everything went on as usual, just a little slower.

    Yes things do stop in Washington but the roads here are hilly and salting is not done ahead of storms, plowing equipment is very sparce in most areas, hence Schools will close and roads will be slippery and dangerous etc.

  4. Roncella says:

    Lee, If you wait long enough, some liberal dems will find a way to blame President Bush for snow and lack of equipment to plow it away. Go Figure..

  5. frankiethomas says:

    School wasn’t cancelled for the storm. It was out for winter break. Der. . . We returned on Monday. Did you see that school bus in Redmond slide right off the road on Monday? That’s why they often DO cancel school for a little ice and snow. Hills+ice/snow+not a lot of salt and removal equipment for the side roads = a lawsuit waiting to happen. Did they not teach THAT in your fine South Dakota schools where you didn’t have to miss a day due to inclement weather? Seems like they wouldhave had the time. . .

  6. Novelist3 says:

    Roncella does have a point-
    In places where snow and ice are commonplace occurrences, the populace has adjusted to them and it’s a typical part of city maintenance to regularly deal with the stuff on the roadways. In a place where snow and ice are a significant rarity, the populace has no clue how to deal with it and the cities are usually underfunded and unprepared; this can make a “dusting” of snow have a far worse effect than it would in the Dakotas.

  7. JudasEscargot says:

    Lee, if you wait, the Republicans will cut funding some more and the snow removal equipment that is now available will be sold at the Richie Brothers auction on I-5 in order to pay Legislative per diems.

    You’ll be using a snow shovel to get 2 inches of snow and ice off your road.

  8. Just stay home when it snows. Someone will figure out a way to get us to work safely if it’s that important to them. There’s no reason to risk injury and damage for one or two days out of the year.

  9. beerBoy says:

    Both in SE Missouri and SE Idaho – conservative, low-tax areas – I got used to not having snow removal come to my street. I regularly shovel the street – wish my neighbors would pitch in…..so much for those “individual responsibility Republicans” not relying on government…..

  10. omega629 says:

    I agree, this place is filled with scared, bad drivers. People dont prepare for winter, even though it happens every year, then they need someone else to blame when they drive into the ditch on the their summer tires. Suck it up Washington!!

  11. cclngthr says:

    Put snow tires on busess to prevent them from sliding.

  12. sue1234 says:

    How many people live in South Dakota? 800,000 in the entire state. Seattle has 500,000 people. Snow here is relatively rare enohgh that the cities do not waste money on a lot of snow removal equipment. Try some critical thinking.

  13. Roncella says:

    Judas, why not go a one step more and blame the snow storms on republicans, you came soooo close in your post above.

  14. frankiethomas says:

    cclngthr do you REALLY think our school districts have the money for snow tires for school busses? For the the few days the would really be necessary? I would like five bucks worth of whatever you are smoking.

  15. A321196 says:

    I don’t mind the schools being closed due to icy roads. The kids just make up the days in June. When it snows I use public transportation, so drivers who are not familiar with slick roads and snow do not crunch my car. What I do get irritated about is the news casts making a big deal over a snowflake sighting-whoopie! Or a lightning strike! It’s worse than all the political commercials during the endless campaigns. It’s worse than the drug commercials.

  16. beerBoy says:

    Lived in several places around the country and noticed one constant:
    The local tv news and the locals always complain about the weather. Always.

    Oh no, it’s raining and overcast!
    Oh no, it’s too hot and the sun is causing ozone and smog!
    Oh no, there isn’t enough snow for skiing!
    Oh no, it’s snowing!

  17. frankiethomas says:

    Beerboy have you noticed the farmers complaining – it’s too wet for the potatoes it’s too dry for the potatoes it’s too hot for the potatoes it’s too cold for the potatoes. . . if they ever come on and say It’s just right for the potatoes, PLEASE let me know for the end is nigh!!

  18. roncella and novelist3 make good points,unfortunatly not everyone understands the message they are trying to get across.

  19. alindasue says:

    We lived in Anchorage, Alaska for three years. There was snow on the ground from October through February. Everyone drove in the snow with minimum incident; school was two hours late on the day we had a foot of snow in two hours.

    Then we moved back down here. That winter it snowed once about six inches. Most of the non-essential city services essentially shut down for a couple days until the few plows they had could clear the roads. Even though we were well used to snow, it was still difficult for us as well.

    In Anchorage, the hills weren’t as steep and all the cars had studded snow tires. Roads were quickly plowed and sanded. Snow was such a normal part of the winter routine that everyone was prepared and ready.

    By comparison, when I lived in Goose Creek, South Carolina, it snowed six inches and the entire town was shut down for over a week while we waited for snowplows to be shipped in from out of state. It’s all a matter of perspective.

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