Saturday, February 9, 2013

Snowy Rant

As a former midwesterner who moved to New York City, I laugh a little bit when there's a snow storm on the horizon and people start to panic. Predictions like 10 inches or two feet overnight are pretty commonplace where I come from, and I don't understand why people worry it might be the end of the world.

I do understand, however, that I live in a city of millions of people, and because of that there needs to be precautions taken for a worst case scenario. I appreciate that, and I agree when Mayor Bloomberg suggests leaving work early, staying off the roads, and having a night in and watching a movie. These are rational precautions to take, and it makes me happy that the storm is taken seriously by the city without really causing people any need to freak out.

But just when my midwestern mind has accepted my new reality, Governor Cuomo declares a state of emergency on a storm that's barely even begun and which the prediction of snowfall is only 10 inches. What? I cannot even begin to tell you how much this enrages me. Update: I have learned that this is also a precautionary measure in order to ensure that organizations will have the flexibility they need to address the situation in case the storm becomes more serious. I am no longer enraged. However...the classification of this storm as a blizzard? I've driven in worse storms than what we had last night and made it home for dinner, and never once did anyone classify it as a "blizzard." I am so entirely sick of media making weather seem unnatural and reason to panic. This is not new. Unless one is a small child or just moved from a place that's never had snow before, the people who live here have been through this before. Why does media insist we panic? It's February in the northern region of the northern hemisphere of the planet Earth. Snowstorms happen.

I do not want to discount the damage that was done by the storm. Some places got up to 40 inches. That is insane. I hope everyone is okay, and I really hope that everyone, especially the worst hit and those who were displaced by Sandy, made it through the night safely and warmly. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
For the rest of you - knock it off. That goes for you too, Indiana.

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