Storms Get Names Now – The Weather Channel Has Lost It

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This is strange.  Very strange, in fact.

Have you noticed how the folks at the Weather Channel have suddenly taken to naming storms?  Yes, I know they name hurricanes, but why are they suddenly naming your common, garden variety storms?  I’m talking about run of the mill storms that are absolutely common during this time of year.

And the verbiage being used to describe common storms makes them sound like storms of the century.  What’s up with that?

At the moment, we’re watching a low pressure system move toward the middle atlantic states, enroute to the northeast.  It’s forecast to drop 3-5 inches of snow on Washington, DC.  So what?  It’s also still winter and 3-5 inches of snow is actually a small storm by comparison to the days of yore.

I’m gazing out my office window at approximately eight inches of snow on the ground.  In the woods, I’m sure it’s about two feet deep.  That’s about two feet less than normal for this time of year, but to hear the Weather Channel folks talk, you’d think the world was coming to an end as “Saturn” moves in.

You don’t suppose those folks at the Weather Channel are trying to convince us that our weather is changing dramatically because of manmade “climate change”, do you?

Of course they are.  And, of late, they’ve been promoting this foolishness everywhere you look.

For the record:  This past year has been close to average, temperature wise, and below average in the snowfall department.  My area enjoys about eight feet of snowfall each winter season and I don’t believe we’ll come close to that depth this year.  That happens.  I can recall years of extremely deep snow and other years with not much snow at all.  That’s how it goes.

Based on the info posted by these nice folks – http://www.uvm.edu/skivt-l/?Page=depths.php – I’m right.  Looks like we have approximately 66 inches of snow at the “stake” high up on Mt. Mansfield.  Normally, we’d have about 68 inches.  In other words, AVERAGE.  About the same.  No different than any other year, really.  And it has been this way for all of my 67 years.

We’ve had storms that make “Saturn” look like a casual dusting of snow.  Snow so deep you could shovel for days and run out of room to dump it!  Snowbanks so high they covered stop signs!  30-50 inches of snow from just one storm.

The weather is like that, you know.

It’s cyclical.   Some years we get a lot of snow; others, not so much.

It’s March.  We’re about to change our clocks to one hour AHEAD, giving us another hour of daylight at the end of each day. The daylight hours are lengthening noticeably.  Spring is just around the corner.  The sap is running right on schedule.  Fresh maple syrup is being made as I type!  And a snow storm is coming through.  Yaaaaawn.

But don’t get too excited.  I’ve seen it snow in every month of the year except July and August in Vermont!  On June 3, 1976 I was in basic police training at Pittsford, Vermont and it snowed three inches overnight.  Everybody laughed.  Took it in stride.  It is, afterall, Vermont.

And it’s still winter.

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