Winter Storms

Why so much ado about snow storms that were common when I was a child?

I don’t get it? Why is the national news media making such noise and taking so much air time covering winter storms in the Northeastern region of the U.S.A.?

Calling them superstorms and unusually harsh weather systems is sensational news reporting and not really correct reporting!

When I was a child in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s we had many storms during the winter that dumped 2-3 feet of snow and ice on us. I lived in upstate New York and the Washington, D.C. area when these storms would come upon us.

Yippee, we all would scream no school for few days and we could make snowmen, go sled riding, make snow caves and modified igloos.

The biggest problem was were to put the snow that was plowed to the curbs on city streets and narrow roads that were not 4 lane highways (yet). We always enough food!? We had a pantry and a freezer. Plus my mom canned fresh foods during the summer, for winter eating.[Why, because food was seasonal back in the day.] Power might go out for a day or two at most, but it usually didn’t.

I remember snowstorms my dad, along with all the neighborhood dads, would spend hours digging with their shovels to make paths out to the street, to their cars, clearing the doorways from the house, knocking snow off roofs so theey wouldn’t collapse, cleaning away snow from the mailboxes so maybe a mail truck could leave some mail!

Come on folks! It used to snow alot in New England and Colorado and Utah and Minnesota and New York and Pennsylvania. Why else did they build ski slopes in these areas of the country? Why was Lake Placid an Olympic Site? Because they got a lot of snow,right?

I moved to the south in order to escape the winter weather, because I was not a snow bunny, so get a grip weather reporters and National News commentators. Super Storms, you call these out of the ordinary. Climate change that we need to prepare for, I don’t think so. It seems like we are just being revisited by winters from “back

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5 Responses to “Winter Storms”
  1. vasile2013 Says...

    On February 11, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    nice post :)

  2. whyswon Says...

    On February 20, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    I share your history as I too grew up in upstate NY during the same time period and it was perfectly normal to get several feet of snow every winter. In fact, I really loved it! And I agree with you that our present day weather forecasters are completely out of touch with what’s going on, probably because they are too young to know. Back then, they didn’t call it the effects of global warming. They just called it normal.

  3. Leigh Fiorentino Says...

    On February 24, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Here in the UK if there is an inch of snow everything stops. Schools close, buses stop running. As a Canadian living in the UK it just makes me laugh.

  4. A Bromley Says...

    On March 9, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    I am from Northern New England. This is a great article. Our winters have not been truly unusual but hype gets attention and the news media makes money. Great share.

  5. Alina Nicoleta Says...

    On March 13, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Yeah, I know what you mean. Same way here and I really don’t get it why are they reacting like that.

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