Friday, February 05, 2010

That's -0- For -2-

I hear they had a snowstorm south and east of us. Big one. Two feet of snow, maybe more in some parts. We had a dusting in the Valley, slightly more in the Higher El’s.

Normally, the southern cities (relative to us) hardly get anything. Well, they get it, but it’s two inches, three inches, and everyone goes apes**t, they buy enough bread and milk for the next month and people huddle in their homes waiting for the wooly mammoths to appear from the northern woods.

Up here, it’s a bother. One year, we had 93” of the stuff. Not at the same time, of course, but over the winter and then the record-setting snowfall turned into a record-setting river level when it melted upstream. Snow in Binghamton + warm days = water into river = high tide in Wilkes-Barre. Riverbank 24’; levees 42’.

The snowmelt here bothers the people downstream and, eventually, Our Esteemed Leaders in Harrisburg. Speaking of which, the dimwits who designed the county’s emergency communications center put it in the Courthouse sub-basement, just yards away from the river. The river rises, what gets flooded first? 911. It’s been moved.

The Groundhog not withstanding, this has been a mild winter for us. We hope it will continue that way, but you just never know. It is certainly not due to global warming; you measure that over many decades, not just one season. Besides, the ultimate G.W. comes when the sun blows up several billion years from now. Take pictures.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gee, not to rub it in but here around Québec City, sunny everyday, my snow shovel is rusting, it's up to 20° today and the snowbirds are coming back early. Trouble is that they got stuck on the I-95 between D.C. and Baltimore.

We have not had a decent snowfall in six weeks.

We had a novena for snow last week, so far, nobody from ''up there'' has called us. Guess we'll have to tough it out and pray for a better winter next year.

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