Storm Talk

Bombogenesis? Snopocolypse?    Snomageddon?
Bombogenesis?  Snopocolypse?    Snomageddon?

The bombogenesis (who comes up with this stuff?) bombed in central Connecticut. But at 7:30 p.m., it’s still delivering fierce snow and wind to our neighbors to the north and east. We’re still getting impressive wind gusts, along with a little snow. It’s been snowing on and off for nearly thirty-six hours!

I didn’t take any photos, so this one is from a couple of years ago.

The governor lifted the travel ban at 2 p.m., but no one I knew ventured out on the roads. It looked as though our street, which is usually kept pretty clean, still has several layers before pavement appears. Since temps are predicted to drop to about 10, it could be a skating rink.

People shouldn’t be angry with the New York officials who shut down public transportation and closed roads. The storm tracked just a few miles east of NYC.  As of 6 p.m. Suffolk County had about two feet and climbing. Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts will be digging out for days. Better to have people stuck at home than stuck on the road or slammed up against a utility pole.

Here’s my favorite story of the day, courtesy of Slate. The photo is classic: lines at an upscale NYC store with every woman wearing the same black coat (of varying lengths) and black pants. I didn’t know there was a uniform for Whole Foods shopping.

In the body of the story I love: “one of the snowiest snow storms…” “Obviously, if people really were afraid of going hungry, they’d be stocking up on batteries and cans of beans and would skip the baby arugula.”

Part of the problem is that grocery stores contribute to the panic by sponsoring the weather when storms threaten. During my usual Sunday morning foray to buy a newspaper, there were far more people with way more food in their carts.

I don’t understand the logic of buying milk before a storm. If the power goes out, it would have to be stored in a snow bank and could well freeze. In summer, it would no doubt spoil. On which subject, Larry went to the store at about 7 p.m. and returned with the announcement that there was no milk to be found.

I remember a fellow newsperson who grew up in the South said, “Y’all are different. When a storm threatens, you go to the grocery store. We go to the liquor store.”

Despite his flip tone, Daniel Engber has a serious message: We food shop for a one-day storm but can’t wrap our minds around climate change enough to make even small steps.

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