Thursday, January 2, 2014

ZOMG SNOWMAGGEDON!

Wow. PSH much?

'A real mess': Up to 100 million face mammoth winter storm
Some of the U.S.'s biggest cities braced for what's expected to be another mammoth snowfall and blizzard-like conditions in the Midwest and the Northeast — with as much as a foot and a half forecast through Friday.

Winter storm warnings stretched from Chicago through the New York tri-state region into New England — affecting an area home to more than 100 million people.
This is absolutely classic PSH, weather-wise. Over a quarter of the entire United States is going to face this storm? I'd love to know how they arrived at the figure of 100 million - the metropolitan area of NYC is ~ 20 million and 10 million for Chicago. That's some 70 million people - I guess they're including the entire eastern seaboard in the 100 million figure.

Aside from that, we're talking about a snowstorm that - outside of New England - is under a foot of snow. This isn't a ZOMG Storm of the Century that's going to drop three feet of snow on Atlanta, GA here. This is a pretty standard, run-of-the-mill snowstorm for any area that gets snow on a regular basis. It's hard to figure out what's really going on here, unless it's just a slow news day.

In any case, for those still in the affected areas, be safe regardless...

That is all.

14 comments:

Knucklehead said...

Listening to the weather people is nearly comical. It is winter. Weather is happening. OMG! Its winter weather!! Run!

Stretch said...

Now that you are an official resident of the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area you must learn the SNOW STORM RULES.
1) Upon initial forecast of snow you MUST go to the closest grocery store and buy bread, milk, and toilet paper.
2) Upon sighting of the first snow flake all conventional traffic laws are suspended. All intersections become "free fire zones" as STOP signs/lights are ignored or, conversely, people stop arbitrarily for no discernible reason.
3) Speed limits are ignored. One must either speed to get home "before it gets too bad" or drive 15mph under the limit "to get home safely."
4) Once lane markers become the slightest bit blurred they lose all meaning. This holds for parking spots as well.
5) Sweeping the snow off your windows, lights, and license plate lets people know you're "not from around here" and thus legally responsible for any accident you may be involved in.
6) At any time during a Winter Storm Warning you may ABANDON YOUR CARS NOW!!!!!!!

Mrs. Widget said...

And this is why I live in the South.

Dave H said...

You keep using that word... er, abbreviation. What is PSH?

As for the alleged snowstorm, here we just call it Thursday. I woke up to an extra foot of snow in my yard this morning. It's more than a typical overnight snowfall, but it's hardly exceptional. We can count on at least 2 or 3 of these every winter.

brewmasterbob said...

People here in minnesota are turning into east coast pussies. All the whining and moaning! Move if you don't like it!

Geodkyt said...

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Firehand said...

Seems like even a lot of local weather weenies are getting more and more dramatic.

Here in central OK, used to be 'bitter cold' meant down in the teens and below; now they'll throw that in for 20's. Idiots.

Jay G said...

Dave,

PSH = Pants-Sh**ting Hysteria.

First used by Robb Allen, I believe.

Dave H said...

Ah, that makes much more sense than anything I came up with. Back in Ohio (where 4" of snow was a major event) we called it "WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE! Film at 11."


Roy said...

The weather media invented two terms - "Heat index" and "Wind chill factor" - just so they could report the weather as worse than it actually is.

Formynder said...

And it seems to be a phenomenon of this year that weather.com is naming every single storm, just to make it even more panic inducing. Winter Storm Hercules??? Really?

George P. Burdell said...

The Weather Channel started doing this idiotic naming of winter storms in 2012. Probably to increase the hysteria so that people equate winter storms with hurricanes.

And gosh golly gee, watch the Weather Channel and boost its ratings.

Brad_in_MA said...

@George P. Burdell . . . .

From one GA Tech alumnus to another . . .

"To HELL With Georgia !!!"

Chuck said...

In Florida, where hurricanes, tropical storms and REAL summer thunderstorms are routine, TV news directors send their brain-dead blow dries out with a satellite truck to stand in the windy rain just in case no one has windows in their house. After all, it's not a "storm" until the idiots on TV say it is.

The same thing happens up north with snowflakes.

And people wonder why I don't have cable. If it weren't for Netflix and Prime I'd sell my TV.