Thursday, February 7, 2013


Oh, lord. This is going to get worse before it gets better...

Snowstorm Friday Has Potential To Be Historic
BOSTON (CBS) - The snowstorm Friday will be big, but will it be historic and rival some of the legendary storms of Boston’s past?  
The short answer is it just might. 
I think it is safe to say that Friday’s storm will easily be the biggest one of not only this season but last season as well.
Now, I understand the cheerful weatherperson being excited about this story. Last year was a real bust, snow wise - we had one storm of any significance, and that happened before Halloween. So far this year we've had a couple of storms -one that even was worth dragging out the snowblower - but nothing like the monster storms of years past. Naturally, the meterological community is all abuzz with the latest winter storm (side note: Nemo? Really? It's not bad enough that you have to name every weather system that wanders down from Canada, but after Disney clownfish?).

And, naturally, the buzz spills over. We just received word that BabyGirl G.'s basketball game on Saturday is canceled in anticipation of the storm; I expect to receive word later today about TheBoy's last basketball practice tomorrow night. From all indications, this is going to be a large storm - whenever they stop talking inches and start talking feet you know it's serious - but again, this isn't anything that we haven't dealt with previously.

The hype, though, is really starting to get out of hand. I understand that this is a big(ish) story, and that we're excited about the prospect of a large winter storm. But for the love of all that's good and wholesome, do we really need 24/7 coverage of ZOMG STORMAGEDDON?!?!?!? The near-constant reminders of the blizzard of 1978 are getting tiresome - yes, we get it, this is the same sort of system - especially considering the advances we've made in alerting folks of these sorts of events. Anyone that gets snowed into their house for an entire week can only blame themselves at this point.

On the plus side, we'll have plenty of eggs, toast, and milk for the obligatory french toast party!

That is all.


On a Wing and a Whim said...

Woo! French toast of the Snowpocalypse time!

Seriously, stay warm, safe, and don't strain any muscles while shoveling, eh?

And have fun. :-)

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

Enjoy your french toast. Or, as they call that weather in Willoughby, 'enjoy your typical Tuesday'

Anonymous said...

Speaking of Boston MA did you see this !!!

Bubblehead Les. said...

NJT: And Wednesday, Thursday, Friday...

Hey Jay, was that the Winter 77/78 Blizzard or the Winter 78/79 Blizzard? 'Cause if it was the 78/79, I was in the Shipyard in Boston. Ever try to sleep in a Steel Can with just a small Space Heater?

Oh, as for the French Toast Party? Where's the BACON!?

W/o BACON, it'd be just like Chili w/o BEANS!

Anonymous said...

Get that crap off your roads before I get to MA on Monday!

It can go back to being glacial when I leave for home on Tuesday.

You have been Warned


Armed Texan said...

The ratchet only goes one way. No one ever really holds the news for over-hyping a weather event, but if they underestimate it, then there is a lot of hand-wringing on how they didn't give enough warning and people were unprepared.

For someone from Texas, I had assumed that New Englanders would be blithe about winter weather, but I guess the news presenters have to have something to talk about.

Anonymous said...

You do know that the weather people are closely related to Chicken Little, right?

Jay G said...

And the school just called to say that school is canceled for tomorrow... Joy...

Stretch said...


Ancient Woodsman said...

Storm? Screw it.

The Farm & Forest Expo is in Manchester Friday & Saturday, and I'll be there for 1:00 to 5:00 PM...seems like most years for the past 21 I've had to drive home from the Expo in some sort of crappy weather.

Saturday I miss the Expo to drive 100+ miles through I don't care if it's the blizzard of the ages to attend a funeral for a dear friend. When it's for someone quite younger who you always looked up to still, it'd be worth it, and I know he'd do the same for me.

Storm? Screw it.

Formynder said...

I had school canceled once when I was in elementary school off a snow forecast, but that was in Denton, TX around 25 years ago. It didn't snow. They've never done it again since then.

Regarding the weather hype, I've noticed that down in VA now that I've moved here as well, with their hurricanes of doom and destruction that only bring a little rain. And the weather guys here keep talking about Snowmageddon in 2010.

*as a bonus, my robotproofed text is 308 orkwin. Sounds like a new wildcat round from Winchester that works well against Orks.

Paul, Dammit! said...

As far as the folks go with the hand-wringing, I'm almost as frustrated with my wife, as a foreigner, who is assuming happily that the plows will be out in force and nothing else will be different. I'm sort of enjoying the thought of the moment when there's a 5-foot tall pile of plowed snow 6 inches aft of her bumper when she gets out of bed... the sort of moments that used to make me sigh and fuss at my father when I'd complain that we didn't have a snowthrower, and he'd reply by saying that he had 4 of them, one of whom had best get out there and get to shoveling.

Mussorgsky112 said...

But... But... But the green/Algorean overlords said that we'd never see snow again. The globe is just too warm for that sort of thing. That's why the ice caps all melted, polar bears went extinct, and Florida got swallowed by the sea, right? I made this same argument after the storm we had here in the winter of '10/'11: huh, whaddya know, 18" of fluffy, white global warming just fell on my yard, driveway, and the entire area.

dustydog said...

Jay, it is not rocket science.
The MSM pumps up the prediction, which justifies the declaration of emergency, which justifies the FEMA slush money rolling in.

Look around - how could they possibly spend $100 million on storm clean up? When all homeowners or small businesses get is low interest loans, which get repaid?

A bad storm is an opportunity for graft and theft, and this government doesn't let opportunities like that go to waste.

Cormac said...

"*as a bonus, my robotproofed text is 308 orkwin. Sounds like a new wildcat round from Winchester that works well against Orks."

.50 BMG necked-down?