David is thinking about the meat faerie (zoomardav) wrote,
David is thinking about the meat faerie

Seattle and snow and stupidity...

It doesn't snow much in Seattle. The last time there was real substantial snow was in 1996, so when it does actually snow more than an inch or two it's big news. We are supposed to get 6-12" in the next 24 hours, so there is a local news frenzy. Weathermen are racing around town in giant parkas positioning themselves in places where they will appear brave and strong when the flakes of deadly snow begin to fall.

The local weatherman I just watched was explaining snow. "Snow attacks on two fronts," he said, "First, you have to deal with it as snow. It falls to the ground and creates a slick surface that is difficult to walk or drive on. Then, it melts. When five inches of snow melts, it's like five inches of water just appearing on the ground immediately. That creates flooding in suburban areas. People forget that snow is just frozen rain, but that can be a deadly (screen switches to shot of mansion-sized home in two feet of standing water) and expensive mistake."

I am hoping that when June comes around, he will be there to explain the complexities of sunshine.
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