Sunday, December 2, 2007

What is a storm?

One inch of snow is one inch of snow, it is not a storm.
Two inches of snow is two inches of snow, it is not a storm.
Four inches of snow might be a storm if it is accompanied by fierce winds otherwise it is just four inches of snow.

The hyperbole of our local meteorologists when it comes to any winter precipitation at all destroys their credibility. Do they really think we hardy New Englanders are going to be so concerned by a little snow that we'll have to stay glued to our TVs for the local forecast? No, we think it's a big joke.

Really, our winters are getting milder. I think it must be fifteen years since the winter where it snowed substantially every four or five days, and stayed cold enough for the snow to accumulate, not melt. I remember I just couldn't throw the snow high enough anymore to keep the driveway cleared.

Webster's definition of storm:
.a disturbance of the normal condition of the atmosphere, manifesting itself by winds of unusual force or direction, often accompanied by rain, snow, hail, thunder, and lightning, or flying sand or dust.
2.a heavy fall of rain, snow, or hail, or a violent outbreak of thunder and lightning, unaccompanied by strong winds.


AdamH said...

The last big snow year I remember was 1995-1996, when we got 100+ inches. It snowed every few days and by February I was out of places to put the shoveled snow.

Anonymous said...

What do meteorologists know about weather anyway?

The very that they've chosen to call themselves "meteorologists" instead of "weatherologists" tells me that their heads are too high above the clouds to know what everyone else seems to know already - if you want to know what the weather is like: look out the window.