I coined the word “Snowmageddon” yesterday in an e-mail, thinking I was oh-so-original. Then I saw a graphic on CBC’s The National that used “Snowmageddon” to describe their upcoming weather story, and I felt a little less special. I’m not sure why they panicked so much, though. A, it’s Canada, they get snow all the time, and B, this storm was predicted to only affect as far north as approximately Toronto, and maybe the southern tip of Nova Scotia eventually.
My current theory is, the media goes nuts over impending snow storms in the perhaps vain attempt to get people to understand that they should not drive like maniacs. Six to ten inches of snow is significant, but this is Detroit, not Las Vegas; it’s not that unprecedented. If we actually got hurricanes up here, the local media folks would all die of apoplexy a week before landfall.
There was about six inches of snow already when I got up this morning. I had to go to a doctor’s appointment (once I determined the doctor had made it to his office), so I had to go driving in it—I only got stuck once, turning into my street—but otherwise I’m working at home today. It just started snowing big puffy flakes, which often indicates the tail end of the snowfall. We have a strong breeze, though, so there’ll be snow in the air and good-sized snowdrifts the likes of which we haven’t seen in a couple of years.