Monday, February 13, 2017
The Weather Today…SNOW!
The Weather Today…SNOW!
We don’t get snow that often in New Jersey. Some years we may get a storm every week, but most years we get only one maybe two snow falls of eight inches of more. I’ve been in a snow storm of eight inches in North Carolina, and it damn near closed the state down for two days. Storms are relatively rare down south, cities don’t budget for large storms and don’t have the equipment to handle large storms…why would they?
In New Jersey we are equipped for storms and we are prepared. At the first sign of a flake the salt brine goes down on the major roads and the plows start to warm up. There are a lot of plows. In fact, while the south is underprepared for a big storm, in New Jersey we are over-prepared and storms are over-hyped.
Three days before a storm is predicted, everyone rushes to the supermarket for bread and milk. I think in 1952 people went without bread and milk for three days after a storm, and generations have sworn to never let that happen again. Hardware stores have a run on snow shovels and salt. I’ll never understand this. A snow shovel lasts about 100 years, why do people get a new one before every storm; the same for salt. A large bag of salt should last several years. Never-the-less everyone gets salt and a new shovel before a storm. Milk, bread, salt and a shovel all are stocked up on in NJ before a storm.
Snow blowers are a luxury item and are also popular for a big storm. Most snow blowers having sat in their garage unused for a year, never start. The best advice is to live next to a mechanic who has a snow blower. Once those snow blower owners get them started, they proudly clear every walk and driveway on the block.
What amuses me the most when the storm does hit NJ, is all the TV weather men having a snowgasm. They make their predictions, show off their maps, stand outside and tell you it is snowing and it is cold, and they demonstrate how high the snow is…like you could not just look out your window and see for yourself. This broadcast is virtually ALL-DAY LONG.
Ah yes, a snow storm in New Jersey. Schools close, and we are told time and time again, “If you don’t have to travel, stay home!” We are told this by hundreds of politicians and weather people who managed to go to work. If it is so bad, why don’t they just appoint one dude to tell you the weather and the rest of the politicians and weathermen all stay home?
In a storm last week, one man slipped on the ice, fell hard and sadly died; the storm was immediately labeled a “Killer Storm.”
We love to hype a snow storm in New Jersey. TV has its obligatory video of a car spinning its wheels, and everyone tells you to stay home, and if you must go out wear layered clothes and a hat…duh!
My sister-in-law grew up in Buffalo. I asked her if they hyped snow storms in Buffalo like we do in New Jersey. She told me growing up they would turn on the local radio and hear,
“Snow today, school is open, you know the drill. In other news…”
Stay safe people, it is still winter.