While I was waiting for my husband at the hospital, I read this magazine about the mountains in New York called Adirondack Life. This month’s editorial in the magazine was about…GLOBAL WARMING. You see, there will be no snow in the mountains and everyone is going to roast to death. I was puzzled about this editorial that naturally, blames all humans for no snow. This was pure lunacy, of course, we just came out of a record snow/cold year, after all. But the propaganda is so ingrained, it is like a mental itch that has to be scratched no matter what.
I have a very good memory of snowfall because I snow plow not only a mile road here on my mountain but other people’s homes. Some years have had heroic storms indeed! I remember when Massachusetts was told that winters would be warmer and warmer so they didn’t fund snow plowing properly and we went into a series of very nasty blizzards and nothing was moving over the border and people called me from far away begging for my big plow truck to visit them. I had to put chains on the truck to do this, the snow and ice was so deep. This was in 1992.
This winter was a real winner. We had enormous amounts of snow so why was the editor of a magazine for skiers and other snow lovers, whining about global warming and lack of snow?
GoldenSnowball.com | The Golden Snowball Award is a contest between 5 cities in CNY – Upstate New York. The contest is based on which city receives the most snowfall for the snow season. The cities that compete are Albany, Buffalo, Binghamton, Rochester and last years Champion, Syracuse.” A trophy is awarded to the winning city every year.
To put these huge totals in perspective, here is a graph showing the Buffalo snow history of the last 60 years: National Weather Service Forecast Office – WFO Buffalo, New York: Note how the number of snow days varies greatly.
The number of days of snow with more than six inches is here, note that the 1950′s which is supposedly not as hot as today, there was an entire decade of few six inch sno fall days:
Now for the mega-blizzard days:
I remember the mega-blizzard days in the late 1970′s extremely well! I was a super in a building in NY and had to do snow removal. My landlord and I ended up often on the roof shoving huge glaciers of ice and snow off to prevent it from crushing the entire building! NY was paralyzed repeatedly by blizzards. In 1979, I owned my own building and told the plumber we should replace the furnace on April 15th because, ‘It NEVER snows that late!’
We had a 15″ blizzard and the temperature fell to near zero and I had no heat and my plumber was trapped in my brownstone with me. Yikes. Never forget this. My husband, living in Rochester back then, could jump out of his dorm windows on the third floor into the snow which was piled up to his window, practically, it was so deep. Yes, we do not have this much snow lately but this winter began to creep closer and closer to that weather.
So why was this ‘nature lover’ editor worried about snow? For crying out loud.
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