Once upon a time — in a world far, far away — a “snow day” meant there was too much snow on the ground to make kids trudge through a blizzard. Now, it apparently means that there’s snow predicted for later, because this morning all schools in the Washington, DC-area were canceled even though there’s no snow on the ground and none falling from the sky. As my son celebrated at 6:00 a.m. today, it’s a “prospective snow day.” That’s the reason some folks call this place “Washington, The Nation’s Weather Wimp.”
Update: It’s now 2:00 p.m., snow showers are falling but because the temp. is 34F, nothing is sticking to the ground. Once again, much ado about nothing.
You’ve gotta love how those who live in sunny (or at least relatively warm) climates treat a snowstorm. It’s always the “worst of the century” and a “devastating” weather event. Airports and Highways Snarled as Blizzard Pounds Northeast [SeattleTimes.com].
But the reality is that two feet of snow — which is what Boston experienced over the weekend — is hardly a lot compared with snowfall from the 19th and 20th centuries, including as recently as 1978. And airport closures have nothing to do with how bad a storm is, only that clearing snow always takes a while.
So for those who get out their worry beads when the white flakes start to fall back East, don’t worry. It’s just snow.