Friday, December 12, 2008

Central Pennsylvanians are pussies

For days, local meteorologists were shouting slogans like "wintry mix" and "icy sleet" and "danger" and "immediate and sudden death" and "THE SKY IS FALLING" in regard to a storm that was supposed to hit sometime Thursday.

In typical style, everyone here overreacted. Entire school districts closed. Events were postponed or cancelled. People rushed to grocery stores to stock up on staples. Stray cats forcefully evicted hibernating groundhogs from their dwellings.

Even Jerry, who had to work a late-night broadcast at a bar insisted that I take the bigger vehicle for the night because it's safer. You know, because a single snowflake in the air might cause a chain reaction on the roadways that inevitably leads to my untimely demise.

And you know what we ended up with? A day that rivaled spring, people. It was warm with a steady mist that occasionally turned to rain. There was a little bit of ice that fell sometime around midnight, but it had melted by the time I got out of work.

This snow-belt native couldn't help but laugh. When you walk out of your house and you can't find your car in the driveway because four feet of the white stuff fell overnight THEN you're allowed to overreact. And by overreact I mean call your boss to tell them you're going to be 10 minutes late. Because that's nothing. There will likely be another foot in an hour.

When I was growing up, even the worst snow storms wouldn't keep my school from closing. Our only hope was windchill and even that had to be negative 20 or below. In my entire grade school education, I maybe got 10 snow days. And that's being generous.

Here? Here they pass them out like Tuesdays.

So it shouldn't have come as a surprise when I passed four, yes four, salt trucks on my drive home.

In the rain.

17 comments:

julie said...

I was literally laughing out loud reading this. Webster never did close for weather, did it? I hated that. Every other school district in a two county radius would be closed EXCEPT Webster.

We got hit by that ice storm here. It certainly couldn't compare to Rochester's ice storm of 1991 but it brought down a tree across our street at around 2:30 am. We luckily didn't lose power, but a lot of people did. All the schools are closed, the trains were cancelled so Mat's trip to NYC is off. He shut down the office but is working from home. All in all, it's not a good day to be going out.

cnjweber said...

You should see the crazies down SOUTH! any MENTION of weather below the freezing mark and peole are bundled in parkas w/ fur lined hoods. And don't get me started on the 'snow' that falls...yikes. Entire towns shut down...we laugh every time!

Lioncloud said...

Kelly, you were born in a winter that had a series of blizzards, the like of which we have not seen since, at least in Rochester. You are, therefore, born to hardiness!

the plains snowman said...

Seriously, with a more mobile population, places that were at least hardened to winter weather, if not immune, are now filled with snow wussies. We, in metro NYC and the neighboring highlands, where winter Nor'esters have been known, used to laugh at TV scenes of snow and ice crazed folks in the rest of the coutry trying to spin those wheels as fast as they could. Now we see them here. Demanding schools be closed before the first flake falls. They ought to pass a test to be allowed to live in the snow belts, LOL! You might even remember snow chains being required, not banned! If shown a snow chain, they might think the natives were into some weird stuff!

Anonymous said...

Sounds a lot like Northeastern Pennsylvania, too. Don't worry, you're not alone. Usually, up here, when the meteorologists call for "wintry mix" or "winter weather warning" it means we'll get NOTHING but people panic anyway. Then when we expect sunny and dry weather we get hammered with a Nor'easter.

Leah said...

Instead of snowing up North, it snowed down South in New Orleans Thursday! I guess it'll be another 32 years until we see it again.

LeslieAnn said...

Haha, being from West Michigan where we get lake effect snow, I know exactly how you feel. We'd get the same thing. Foot after foot of snow in one day and no snow days, no half days, no days off. In Virginia if they call for any snow at all people freak out. Then it's usually just ice, which kind of sucks even worse.

Being that this is my first year away from home though, it does make it hard to get into the Christmas spirit when it's 60 and sunny in December. :)

jess said...

yes... the snow... Texans (south Texas) FREAK when it "snows" and melts before it hits the ground. I grew up here but wow I don't understand their reactions... and we "snowed" on Tuesday... and next week we are supposed to be in the 70s... this only happens in Texas.

They're right... we're in hooded parkas with scarfs and gloves in weather that you might laugh at.

Anonymous said...

LMAO

While I drove home in the well above freezing temps yesterday I cursed the people I was behind. Each and every one of them for doing significantly less than the 65 MPH speed limit.
Because there was rain. But the media spoke to freezing rain north of us. Overnight. So of course it's time to panic.

Jennifer Suarez said...

Having grown up and lived in Central New York my entire life I ALWAYS laugh at the pussy states that shut down when a single snowflake falls from the sky.

Lisa said...

Kelly, I think they have forgotten what salt is up here. I have a fun time driving my little civic, let me tell you. But meh, no big deal! You're right, it is the snow belt after all. ; )

its_just_ang said...

I have never even seen snow thanks to being born and raised in Florida. I always feel like I'm missing out by never getting to make snowmen or nailing somebody in the back of a head with a snowball. But here in Florida, we get hurricane days every now and then, so I guess it makes up for the snow days.

Ray said...

LOL! Funny how the local meteorologists made a big deal about a huge snowstorm coming and it never comes. That's why you have to take everything with a grain of salt. Especially now that the weather's not like the way it used to be. In the winter you can now get spring. I don't know if it was last week but one of the days it was 61 degrees! 61 degrees in December! Insane.

And when I was in school I always wished that the snow days meant no school. That wasn't always the case, there was always school which sucked. I used to be jealous of people in Pennsylvania who had more days off because of snow than we did.

Though salt trucks just because of a little rain is ridiculous! Hehe. =P

Karen said...

lol I know only too well what you mean about people getting all upset about "winter weather". What's worse, I live where we sometimes get lake effect snow. One time, I had about two feet and had to dig out my garage, so I called in late to work. I worked in Chicago at the time and they had NOTHING in the city.

Ashley said...

What I think is funny is that the same people who think two feet of snow is a dusting are the same people who flip out at 100 degree heat with 50% humidity. Ha! Come see when it's over a 100 and 100% humidity. I'll probably still be in jeans. :)

Kristin said...

yeah, we had school off on Friday, but it was really fuckin' icy on all the road, that's why, lol.
It didn't snow too much, but everything was iced over.

-KrIsTiN-

Celina said...

Northern VA is the same way. We lived there for 3 years and all I could do was laugh.