Weather Armageddon


Viewer warning: this is my yearly/semi-yearly rant on the weather-related madness that runs rampant in central Indiana on a regular basis.

We don’t get much snow here in Indiana.  I know, I know…If you’re a native Hoosier, you probably think three or four inches is a veritable blizzard. However, from the perspective of a transplanted Pennsylvania native, three or four inches barely constitutes a drop in the bucket of the seasonal cold, white flakes that flutter down from the sky.

In some areas of the country, a snowflake spotted dropping earthward from miles in the sky is reason to immediately close down the whole shebang. People begin panicking, businesses close, and doors are boarded up…OK, that’s an exaggeration but you get the picture.

Media coverage of this occasional seasonal event is over-the-top to say the least. How many different ways can you listen to Paul Poteet say that we are going to get four to seven inches of snow and that driving conditions will be less than exceptional? Then there is the shot of the viewing area from some kind of radar’s perspective, showing all the different colors of the various bands of the approaching storm, looking at it from every possible angle.

I think the actual coverage of the event is more of a major happening than the actual event is. Somewhere up north or out east, transplanted Hoosiers everywhere are laughing to themselves and wishing they were here to enjoy this “blizzard” instead of the weather they find themselves enjoying at the moment.

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