I read an official report of 4" here in South Hadley. That seems to be about right. We got more snow last week!
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.
"If it bleeds, it leads."
Speaking of snowstorms, this always bums out the people of Amhersthttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Zqe4ZV9LDs
My daughter on the eastern end of the state is well on the way to 3 feet.
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?
Congrats to the guy with a 3' daughter in Eastern Mass! Kudos.
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.
Have any of you nutjobs been outside? It's very windy with blowing snow. The wind chill is only 6 degrees.
I feel deflated.
Anon 10:27 am,It's New England, for God's sake.We grew up with storms like this.This is no big deal.
Screw you Anon 1001.
Now, now. Can't we all just get along? Kumbaya my lord, kumbaya.
Deflated footballs or overinflated storm coverage: take your pick
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.
I'd still like to date thT 3' daughter...
Anon 10:52What is the screw me for?
Liberate my people from this ridiculous travel ban.
Just an expression. Means "Amen, neighbor. I agree with you!" Something like that.
Travel ban doesn't seem to have stopped Larry from driving around. Though we all know how special he is.
There was an exemption for news gatherers. Just like the last time (when you also pointed it out).
It sure helped out plowing.
it was really bad a tad further east (3' in auburn and snow's still coming down)
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.---------------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.
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.
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