That time of year again…

The media blitz has begun in earnest. [ pi ] [ kiro ] [ king ] [ komo ] The temperature is dropping, and we’re being threatened with snow and ice. Storm Watch! Severe Weather Alert! Snowpocalypse 2005!

In the WINTER, for crying out loud! Just shameful…

I’ll confess, I’m from Eastern Washington, where a couple feet of snow isn’t really an issue. Our stoic answer to the winter white is to dress appropriately, and take that few extra minutes to defrost the car and scrape the windows in the morning. Oh, and also: slow down.

This doesn’t mean I don’t sympathize with the Seattleite plight on a snowy day. It’s certainly warranted! I’m aware that ice takes the upper hand on our steep hills and many-armed intersections. We don’t have enough road sanders or plows to ensure a morning commute for everyone, and if we did, sleds and snowboards would still be shooting down Denny and Queen Anne.

But don’t let it get you down. Slow down. Let your calls go to voicemail while you’re driving. Or take the bus. And when it gets as bad as all that, stay home and make a cup of cocoa, or join the snowboarders at Olive and Denny. Everything will be back to normal as soon as the sun rises to thaw things out. It’ll be gone as quick as it came. It always is…

(Allow me to pimp out my favorite weather website, AccuWeather, which is pretty accurate down to the hour.)

10 Comments so far

  1. samantha (unregistered) on November 28th, 2005 @ 11:10 am

    I’m really, really hoping it snows this year. I’ve still never seen the city actually covered in snow–just lightly frosted.

  2. Kelly (unregistered) on November 28th, 2005 @ 12:02 pm

    You’re so gonna change your tune when you get stranded at UW overnight.

  3. Colleen (unregistered) on November 28th, 2005 @ 12:37 pm

    3 things about that:

    1) I endeavor to dress appropriately – scarf, traction shoes, gloves, layers, wool.
    2) If it looks that bad, I’ll stay home. Really, I don’t have a problem with that, even if it takes a vacation day.
    3) If it gets bad while I’m here, I can either have the husband get me with the trail tires/chains, or I can walk.

    If all else fails, I’d probably think of it as a grand adventure. Anything else takes the fun out of it.

  4. samantha (unregistered) on November 28th, 2005 @ 1:04 pm

    See, I live within walking distance of my office at the Hutch, so I’m not overly concerned about getting stranded anywhere.
    Which probably means that I will be. But, whatever. Like Colleen says, it’ll be an adventure! of the sort we never had in Florida.

  5. Kelly (unregistered) on November 28th, 2005 @ 1:23 pm

    Hehe Colleen – yeah, I tried #3 when I got stranded here. Literally couldn’t get up or down the hills by foot (you’d need crampons), and the roads were closed to cars.

    I mean, it was fun, in a weirdly surreal way, to spend three days stuck on campus when the only other people there were also the ones stuck. Things like napping on available couches, having food service folk break into kitchens to get us food, shower runs to the IMA. But it admittedly started to wear after the third day. ;)

  6. dw (unregistered) on November 28th, 2005 @ 2:49 pm

    Hey Kelly — was that the infamous 1990 storm?

    I’ve been through a few here, though 2004 was the biggest. (I was out of town for Christmas 1996.)

  7. samantha (unregistered) on November 28th, 2005 @ 3:16 pm

    I was visiting Florida for the 2004 storm, and am still bitter about missing actual snow.

  8. Kelly (unregistered) on November 28th, 2005 @ 3:25 pm

    DW: Nope, that was the 2004 storm; I moved here in 1999.

  9. dw (unregistered) on November 28th, 2005 @ 5:01 pm

    Stuck at UW during the 2004 storm? That’s odd, because I was able to get to campus the next day. We didn’t have power and the TiVo was dead, but I was able to get down the hill, albeit slowly. We’re at about 400 feet, so we get snow some days when the rest of the city gets rain.

    I realized that the February 2001 storm was the biggest dump I was here for: 10 inches. And it was gone by noon!

  10. Kelly (unregistered) on November 28th, 2005 @ 11:28 pm

    DW: Yep. People could get down, but up wasn’t working. (Keep in mind, I rely on public transit.)

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