February 9, 2013

Blizzard of 2013

Over Dramatic Media Hyped and Sensationalized The Blizzard of 2013

I imagine people in places such as Russia, Finland, Alaska, perhaps even Canada are laughing at North Eastern media and local officials for making such a big deal over what they call The Blizzard of 2013.

Certainly the North Eastern states NY, NJ, CT, RI, MA, NH & ME got alot of snow, ranging from 12" up to 30" along with near hurricane winds of 75+mph in some areas, but come on, this is pretty insignificant considering we have been through this so many times, and when you consider that the aforementioned regions deal with this sort of thing every winter, it is easy to see that the media over sensationalized and over hyped this little snow storm.

Correct that it is a Blizzard in technical, meteorological terms, but still, the media made it sound much worse than it actually turned out to be, however, due to their over hype of this little snow storm, various state officials and agencies took extreme measures to mitigate potential impact, such as banning drivers to be on the roads after 4pm in the State of Massachusetts, and shutting down the states public transit system.

Had they not done so, its certain there would of been severe complications, such as stranded motorists stuck on the highways, stranded trains and buses, etc, several accidents and so on, so, over sensationalizing in this case wasn't a bad thing and I think the state officials did the right thing, because in the end, it makes clean up that much easier, and faster.

Unlike the Blizzard of 78, it wont take 10 days to dig everyone out, because for the most part, the roads are already cleared thanks to people not driving like they usually do during storms.   Had we not been threatened with arrest and or fines up to $500 for driving against the Governor's edict, perhaps people would have ignored this little snow storm and gone on with their normal activities, then get stranded, stuck, or even smash into each other.  

Personally, I HATE SNOW, because it makes everything a pain in the ass, but imagine living somewhere like Russia, Finland, Northern Canada, or even Alaska and have to deal with these amounts of snow accumulation on a daily basis, every winter.  I bet the people there are calling North East Americans, "Big Pussies".

I ventured out briefly last night to take my daughter out sledding in the freshly falling snow and took a couple of photos to share.

Snow Plows Ready and Waiting on the Overpass Above Massachusetts' Route 95/128, Endicott St, Danvers, MA Shortly Before Governor Deval Patricks Edict to Not Be on The Roads After 4pm, at the Start of Blizzard of 2013
Snow Plows Ready and Waiting on the Overpass Above Massachusetts' Route 95/128, Endicott St, Danvers, MA Shortly Before Governor Deval Patricks Edict to Not Be on The Roads After 4pm, at the Start of Blizzard of 2013

Endicott Street, Danvers, Massachusetts at 7:15pm on Friday, February 8, is Unusually Deserted
Endicott Street, Danvers, Massachusetts at 7:15pm on Friday, February 8, is Unusually Deserted

Surely the photos are mundane.  That's because this little snow storm was nothing significant at all.  Nothing but over dramatic media, over reaction and sensationalism.
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