Weather Drama. Stop It.

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Enough with the weather drama.Stock Up!!!

I’ve had it (again).

What’s weather drama?

It’s the over exaggeration of winter storms.

Actually, they aren’t even winter storms.

They are days when it is going to snow.  You know that happens occasionally during the winter months (unless you are smart enough to live in a warm climate and in that case… the rest of us despise you).

It’s important to understand the subtle difference between a light snow and a blizzard.

When “they” (and I will get to them later) call for 2 inches of snow it isn’t code for “panic”.

But in today’s world it’s what we do.

We are overly dramatic, overly protective, and overly concerned.

It’s almost like we need something bad to happen to us.

When “they” (loser weather people on TV) are given the opportunity, they make every snow event sound like a crisis of historic proportions (unless they
live in Washington D.C… then they were right on the money).

What’s sad is we listen to them.

It’s like we don’t understand what the weather person’s job entails.  It isn’t to correctly predict the weather (lucky for them or they would all be unemployed).  It’s to drive ratings, get little kids fired up for a Snow Day, and scare old people so they don’t leave their homes.

But they do.

They do leave their homes.

And you know where they go the 24 hours preceding the latest weather catastrophe?

The grocery store.

Not because they need groceries, but because they are trained like Pavlov’s Dog.

Snow = Grocery Store.


Because a 2 inch snow and the lack of milk or bread equals certain death.

If I know one person who died because they ran out of bread, I know a thousand.

We all do it.

We make our way to the store and buy items that we don’t even need because it is going to snow.

Why don’t we eat the food that’s already in our refrigerator?  Or in our freezer?  Or in the cabinets?

It’s like we need new food for the blizzard that’s not even a blizzard.

We act like every time there are snow flurries, we may have to turn into the Donner Party.

In summary, we are sheep.

We are stupid.

We are pathetic.

Now if you will excuse me, I’m going to go enjoy my brand new package of Oreos.

My wife bought them.  At the store.

In anticipation of the storm.

After all, I can’t survive without my Oreos.

Then I’m going outside to shovel the sidewalk.

Well, not so much shovel the sidewalk as brush the light dusting of snow off with a broom.

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8 Responses to “Weather Drama. Stop It.”

  1. Karen Marcus
    on Feb 9th, 2010
    @ 6:47 am

    Well, I agree with you totally. Earlier in the year a prediction of 4-6 inches scared the beejeebees out of everyone. Now that we have had a couple of storms of over a foot, 4-6 seems like a piece of cake. The news keeps saying these storms in Virginia are the worst we have had since keeping track. I remember worse storms from childhood in the 50′s, easity had weeks off at a time, winters in a row. The question is, are the 50′s so far back now they are “Before the time of record keeping”? Makes me feel like I lived in prehistoric times. I must admit I did go to the store and buy Oreos in anticipation of the last storm, however.!

  2. Jackie
    on Feb 9th, 2010
    @ 6:07 pm

    I am glad you and your wife have your priorities in order. Survival by Oreo!

  3. Sandra O
    on Feb 9th, 2010
    @ 8:02 pm

    I am a student of Professor Post. Anyhow part of my assignment is to comment on your blog. I thought it might be boring but the first one I read “Weather Drama, Stop It” made me laugh and I could definitely relate to it. After working all day with three year olds who bit me, pinched me and sneezed on me, I was looking forward to my volleyball game with other adults but by noon it was cancelled because of the snow. All after school activities were cancelled – what about the working parents who now had no daycare for their children….what about the students who had tests and quizzes to make up and more importantly what about my volleyball game??? Guess I better get some oreos!

  4. malcolm
    on Feb 10th, 2010
    @ 7:49 am

    by the sounds of it the whole eastern states is shut down and a state of emergency should be declared. vancouver could use your snow on our mountains….!!

  5. Aimee
    on Feb 10th, 2010
    @ 3:21 pm

    I will say that once when I live in Portland, OR, I was snowed in for 6 days and did nearly run out of groceries. I didn’t die, but that last day of canned peas and jarred olives wasn’t pleasant.

  6. CW
    on Feb 11th, 2010
    @ 8:37 am

    I’m about to go outside to dig out from our last round of snow (18 inches). The idea of being able to clean up with a broom is simply…awe-inspiring. Wonderful. Enviable. We’re working on 60+ inches of snow here in NJ, and I have never been so sick of winter….

    And I’m also out of Oreos. Stupid snow.

  7. Megan Collins
    on Feb 11th, 2010
    @ 3:42 pm

    Hello I am a student of Professor Post. I totally agree with you on your stance of how the media over hypes the weather in hopes of getting a rating boost. I work at an alternative special education school and they called off school on Tuesday because of the weather and it was not even that bad. I also use to work at a grocery store in high school and people go completely insane over fear of bad weather a lot of the people got enough water to hydrate their entire block. Thanks for pointing this out I enjoyed reading your blog.

  8. Brandi C
    on Feb 17th, 2010
    @ 9:45 pm

    Try living in Alabama. When we hear there is going to be a dusting of snow, schools get out and grocery stores are ravaged. On the flip side we just had a rare weekend with several snow flurry days and I heard several people complaining about all the snow. Really? Have you seen the Snowmageddon going on in other parts of the country?

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