Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Dr. Snowpanic Greets the Morning

So far we've seen less "snow panic" and more "snow lull us into a false sense of security." Dr. Snowpanic greeted the dawn with a sense that the snowfall so far had been underwhelming. Looking at the forecasts, I see that the real impact is supposed to be in the coming hours, but so far, all we have is a dusting, and a bit of slush on the deck.

As you can see below, the mean streets of Bowie are pretty much clear. Note the Snowpanicmobile (four-wheel drive, of course) parked at a jaunty angle in the driveway so that the streets can be cleared -- in compliance with City of Bowie snow regulations regarding an event producing two or more inches of snow.
More updates to come later in the day, although once the Snowflakes (no two exactly alike!) wake up, coverage may be unpredictable.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

"Mild winters gobble up snow budgets"

This story makes my head hurt. It explains that despite the fact that we haven't gotten so much as an inch of a snow on any given day this winter, the States of Maryland and Virginia have somehow used up a majority (Virginia) or all (Maryland) of their snow budgets for the season.

We've Forgotten How to Drive! has been somewhat dormant since its heyday in the 2009/2010 season of superstorms. One of the reasons for that is that after Snowpocalypse and Snowmaggedon, everything else seemed anticlimactic. How much time would have to pass before we could get scared by a little snow again? We have an answer!

The Washington Post captions this picture, "Remember snow like this? Many drivers don’t, and that’s likely to be a problem on Wednesday." Can we really have forgotten how bad it was just a couple of years ago? Have enough people moved to the area in the past 3 years? Stay tuned!