Thursday, February 11, 2010

Winter Snow

Here every winter they have extra strong storms called Noreasters where the jet stream bends down from the north. Add to that every few years El NiƱo pushing higher moisture from the ocean in the air and it makes for a lot of weird huge storms this year. Of course this is the logical conclusion. The fact that there was so much extra snow this year made all the conservative news and family to say it was evidence refuting global warming. It’s scary that so many people can be convinced using observation without evidence. The worst part is that the extra snow is a perfect example of what would happen with global warming (extra heat and evaporation over the ocean causes snow when it condenses) but unfortunately as much as I would love for weird weather to prove or disprove global warming science and news pundits don’t seem to cross paths to often.
Of course all the snowstorms shut down car traffic in NYC. But subways and trains still get people through so it is not as big of a deal as other places. What all the empty streets did allow for is huge snowball fights. It is kind of weird getting in snow ball fights with complete strangers but I guess that is all part of life in a big city. When living previously with snow I felt trapped whenever the roads would close. But now I can work from home and take the train so I don’t feel stuck.
When the worst snowstorm hit and we knew we were not going anywhere so we decided to go for midnight sledding at a nearby school. We didn’t have sleds so we used our butts and and trash bags. The next morning when they plowed there were snow piles bigger than cars. There was enough snow that plows were not doing any good and they had to use front loader trucks to move the snow. There was enough snow piles we lost our parking spot. We live next to a police station and cop cars couldn’t get out of parking lot. There was enough snow that trees are ticking time bombs, walking under branches could dump enough snow to knock you over or worse have the branch break.

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