This is what an historic snowstorm looks like from space. A NASA satellite captured the bestial blizzard today from above, covering most of eastern North America from the southeast just atop Florida all the way up to Canada´s eastern Arctic and back inland past the Great Lakes. Beneath that massive blizzard are hurricane-force winds and enough moisture to bury the entire region, possibly under up to 36 inches of snow in hardest-hit areas. Millions of Americans live in its path, much of it the same battered last fall by Hurricane Sandy. Residents have stocked up on food and water.
#1, Blizzards are nothing new, thats true but that does not make them harmless. As someone sitting smack dead in the middle of the worst of it I am bracing for 30" of snow and 40 to 50 MPH sustained winds.
While many like to recall 5 and 6 foot snowfalls where they had to still go to school and no one missed work, I respectfully opine, you are full of it. This blizzard is as big if not bigger than the one in 1978 that left thousands stranded, miles of abandoned cars on the interstates and knocked out power for weeks to some.
Yes, blizzards happen, about once every decade. We who live here understand the whole just stay home for a couple days thing. We have bread and water and a good book and lots of candles and flashlights. Its one thing to live with this weather but the minute you stop respecting the power of such events you put yourself and lots of others in mortal peril.
While end of the world reporting is getting a little monotonous losing sight of just how dangerous this kind of event is dangerous.
If this happened in flyover country we´d hear only a footnote about if. Gotta love the hysterical media when it affects them.
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ok state mom, 2/8/2013 1:07:30 PM (No. 9165858)
I hope the Yankees find themselves better prepared for this weather event than they were for Hurricane Sandy. I expect the South will once again have to come to their aid and rescue in man hours and tax dollars.
Don´t worry about your tax dollars being ill-spent in Massachusetts, #9. This state is one of the top ten sources of revenue for the federal government, and gets back 79 cents for every dollar it sends to Washington. As for the power crews and other emergency services, we send them where they´re needed, including to Texas during the terrible drought and wildfires. Our crews plowed out Virginia and DC during their blizzard a few years ago.
No one hear is panicking. No one here is asking for help. No one here is responsible for the media hysteria. But thanks so much for your good wishes.
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