Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Blizzard of 2015: Another Bust?

Town Hall 7:45 AM
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Thus far the storm of the century has not lived up to the hype, which is of course a good thing. The scanner was so quiet last night I had to double check to make sure it was on. Which is of course a good thing.

Carry on.



 Miss Emily to Mr. Frost: "Don't believe the hype."

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But the wind is still whipping

25 comments:

Adam S said...

I read an official report of 4" here in South Hadley. That seems to be about right. We got more snow last week!

Anonymous said...

This is the Age of Anxiety, all driven by a news media trying to attract viewers any way they can.

Hyping storms.
Obsessing about plane crashes.
Obsessing about terrorism.

The sky is falling.

Wait a minute....the sky isn't falling after all.

Larry Kelley said...

"If it bleeds, it leads."

Anonymous said...

Speaking of snowstorms, this always bums out the people of Amherst

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Zqe4ZV9LDs

Anonymous said...

My daughter on the eastern end of the state is well on the way to 3 feet.

Anonymous said...

I don't think it was a bust for those reporting it, anticipating it like the media. They got to do their stories before and they will still do their stories after, either it was big or a bust.

Winter storm reporting is mostly about feeding the media. The rest of us know what to do in a storm, we are not children (who also know how to deal with snow btw). Newspapers and governors don't know any better, they just take advantage of the situation.

Can't this be twisted back to needing more public funding as usual?

Anonymous said...

Congrats to the guy with a 3' daughter in Eastern Mass! Kudos.

Anonymous said...

Now that I think about it. The forcasters, media and the govt hype around this caused my employees alone to loose $1000's in income today (business owners obviously loose as well, but my employees' payroll is larger than mine). We don't have a category (or funding) for when the experts and leaders predict the weather wrong and slow down the local economy. Even with no damage, this storm prediction media cycle will have a huge cost, especially to hourly wage workers and those that needed the goods and services we and countless other small businesses provide.

Anonymous said...

Have any of you nutjobs been outside? It's very windy with blowing snow. The wind chill is only 6 degrees.

Anonymous said...

I feel deflated.

Anonymous said...

Anon 10:27 am,

It's New England, for God's sake.

We grew up with storms like this.

This is no big deal.

Anonymous said...

Screw you Anon 1001.

Larry Kelley said...

Now, now. Can't we all just get along?

Kumbaya my lord, kumbaya.

Anonymous said...

Deflated footballs or overinflated storm coverage: take your pick

Anonymous said...

The perfect storm:

Local TV stations needing to get ratings for their news programs plus politicians who want to seen doing something in a leadership mode.

The result: altered reality.

Anonymous said...

I'd still like to date thT 3' daughter...

Anonymous said...

Anon 10:52

What is the screw me for?

Anonymous said...

Liberate my people from this ridiculous travel ban.

Anonymous said...

Just an expression. Means "Amen, neighbor. I agree with you!" Something like that.

Anonymous said...

Travel ban doesn't seem to have stopped Larry from driving around. Though we all know how special he is.

Larry Kelley said...

There was an exemption for news gatherers.

Just like the last time (when you also pointed it out).

Anonymous said...

It sure helped out plowing.

Anonymous said...

it was really bad a tad further east (3' in auburn and snow's still coming down)

Anonymous said...

Why bother plowing the roads if we can't use them? If we can't drive anywhere, why should we have to pay to repeatedly plow them?

It would be a whole lot cheaper to just plow them once an hour before the travel ban expires...

And as to emergency vehicles, isn't this the reason why the APD has it's "tank"? Doesn't the APD & UMPD have at least one marked cruiser that is a 4WD SUV?

Put tire chains -- real chains and not cables -- on all four wheels of a 4WD SUV and the police can go anywhere they need to go.

Park the DPW plow trucks in (or at) each fire station and have at least one "extra" firefighter on duty to drive it.

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If you can drive a fire truck, you can drive a snow plow -- both are "Class B" vehicles, and the fire trucks are more difficult to drive because they are longer.

Union work rules simply don't apply when the Governor declares a "state of emergency" -- that's a Cold-War era law written in anticipation of Soviet Nukes.

Tire chains increase traction by 400% -- and that's an 18-wheel tractor/trailer with chains on just two tires. With chains on all four tires of a 4WD SUV, the police can go absolutely anywhere they need to.

And buy a half dozen chain saws so that cops & firefighters can cut a path through any downed trees.

Anonymous said...

You don't needed a C.D.L.to drive a fire truck and apparently you have never driven a 10 wheeler w/ a12'shoulder plow or you would not be talking out of your butt.