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2014-01-31 09:45:16 AM  
I like the second map, the one showing North Dakota doesn't get any snow.
 
2014-01-31 09:50:11 AM  

change1211: I like the second map, the one showing North Dakota doesn't get any snow.


white means between 24 and 36 inches...

/Having the lowest categories be between 0 and 0.1 inches, then 0.1 - 12 inches, is kind of a big step up....
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-01-31 09:59:14 AM  
The map says Boston and suburbs wilt under a foot of snow. It takes less than that in recent years to close schools. I expect the reason is, reliable weather forecasts are taken more seriously.
 
2014-01-31 10:01:24 AM  
Hell, they cancelled school earlier this week on the mere threat of snow.
 
2014-01-31 10:02:29 AM  
We might get a few flakes once every 20 years. so NA.
 
2014-01-31 10:12:06 AM  
I'd love to see similar stats for temperature.  There were a LOT of snow days this month, but none of them were for snow, they were for frigid temperatures.
 
2014-01-31 10:32:04 AM  

serial_crusher: change1211: I like the second map, the one showing North Dakota doesn't get any snow.

white means between 24 and 36 inches...

/Having the lowest categories be between 0 and 0.1 inches, then 0.1 - 12 inches, is kind of a big step up....


Well that'll show me for not looking at the legend.
 
2014-01-31 10:36:45 AM  
Here, it's usually a quarter of an inch of snow or ice.
 
2014-01-31 10:42:47 AM  

nekom: I'd love to see similar stats for temperature.  There were a LOT of snow days this month, but none of them were for snow, they were for frigid temperatures.


Same here. We had record snow in January, but the wind chill and sub-zero temperatures were to blame for most closures....
 
2014-01-31 11:17:29 AM  
So what the map seems to be suggesting is that places that get more snow are better prepared for snow. Thanks for that.
 
2014-01-31 11:22:34 AM  
serial_crusher: /Having the lowest categories be between 0 and 0.1 inches, then 0.1 - 12 inches, is kind of a big step up....

0.1" is the least amount of snow considered "measurable", so that division is probably intended more as a separation of areas that get snow at least once every year and those that don't.
 
2014-01-31 11:30:07 AM  
BS   I grew up in Kentucky and it took at least 3" to close school.
 
2014-01-31 11:31:46 AM  
My wife never had a snow day. This was in Montana. She only experienced one cancellation which occurred when the high temp for the day was -30°.

/csb
 
2014-01-31 11:34:02 AM  
I live on the borderline between 3" and 6" cancellations. That sounds about right. I think our city can handle the removal of about 4" overnight, but more than that bogs down the system.
 
2014-01-31 11:35:10 AM  
Here in MN they've taken to canceling school because of the cold, not just snow. They never did that in the 1970's or 80's and I never heard of any of my classmates suffering from exposure back then. I think the kids are still smart enough to layer up when it's -25 F windchill. Maybe the current superintendent isn't from around here.
 
2014-01-31 11:36:00 AM  

Mr. Breeze: My wife never had a snow day. This was in Montana. She only experienced one cancellation which occurred when the high temp for the day was -30°.

/csb


Yeah, for us in BFE Idaho, it was typically never the snow depth.  Icy roads on the other hand closed the school a few times as many kids come in from 30 to 60 miles away.
 
2014-01-31 11:36:35 AM  
Grey means "It is only snow, get the fark to school."
 
2014-01-31 11:38:20 AM  

SewerSquirrels: Here in MN they've taken to canceling school because of the cold, not just snow. They never did that in the 1970's or 80's and I never heard of any of my classmates suffering from exposure back then. I think the kids are still smart enough to layer up when it's -25 F windchill. Maybe the current superintendent isn't from around here.


People weren't as lawsuit-happy in the '70's and '80's. It's all about the lawyers.
 
2014-01-31 11:38:51 AM  
That I know of, we Floridians are not used to snow so we aren't prepared for even the smallest amounts. Now hurricanes are a different story. We are used to those and are prepared for them. Now look at the North Eastern US after Sandy. They are not used to hurricanes and look what that storm did.

/had many of cancelled school days due to tropical storms and hurricanes.
//Hurricane Football was so much fun to play!
 
2014-01-31 11:42:37 AM  
As usual, California laughs at everybody else's snow shenanigans.  I think it snows once here every five years, for about an hour at 3 am.  Best yet if you want to do winter type activities, there's plenty of snow in the mountains an hour north of here.
 
2014-01-31 11:52:40 AM  

change1211: I like the second map, the one showing North Dakota doesn't get any snow.


Wait for it...
 
2014-01-31 11:52:58 AM  

Frozen Donkey Wheel: SewerSquirrels: Here in MN they've taken to canceling school because of the cold, not just snow. They never did that in the 1970's or 80's and I never heard of any of my classmates suffering from exposure back then. I think the kids are still smart enough to layer up when it's -25 F windchill. Maybe the current superintendent isn't from around here.

People weren't as lawsuit-happy in the '70's and '80's. It's all about the lawyers.


You've got a point. I'm sure she is busy lawyering up already.
 
2014-01-31 11:55:14 AM  

Geotpf: As usual, California laughs at everybody else's snow shenanigans.  I think it snows once here every five years, for about an hour at 3 am.  Best yet if you want to do winter type activities, there's plenty of snow in the mountains an hour north of here.


One-quarter of inch of rain is usually enough to cause panic in Southern California.
 
2014-01-31 11:56:30 AM  
Funny thing, this map also sorta lines up with politics as well. Imagine if snow removal was left to the free market and you had to pay for your own snow removal. How the fark would that even work..

//Northern states probably spend a pretty huge chunk of their state budget on snow removal as well.
 
2014-01-31 11:56:44 AM  
Erie County represent! Snow days were special days because they only ever happened once every 2-3 years.
 
2014-01-31 11:58:51 AM  
I prefer the one to the right, where it says top porn searches by state.
Didn't know Arkansas had so many lesbians.
 
2014-01-31 12:11:20 PM  

stevenvictx: I prefer the one to the right, where it says top porn searches by state.
Didn't know Arkansas had so many lesbians.


They don't (the lesbians born there move away, post haste). It's why they are so interested in seeing them. If they had more lesbians, it wouldn't be as exotic.
 
2014-01-31 12:14:36 PM  

MindStalker: Funny thing, this map also sorta lines up with politics as well. Imagine if snow removal was left to the free market and you had to pay for your own snow removal. How the fark would that even work..

//Northern states probably spend a pretty huge chunk of their state budget on snow removal as well.


According to this Detroit Free Press article, Wayne County (the county Detroit is in) has already spent $7 million on snow removal this winter.  And Oakland County, a neighboring county to Wayne, has gone through 56,000 tones of salt to deice roads.
 
2014-01-31 12:17:03 PM  
I never had a snow day growing up (although one would have been very unlikely during the two and a half years I lived in Australia).  Canadians know how to deal with a bit of frozen water (unless they're in Vancouver or Toronto).

The university I teach at did, however, cancel classes for the first couple of days this semester when blizzard conditions made it impossible to get to campus.  They cancelled classes again this Monday, but only for the evening, because another blizzard was coming and the sun sets at about 4:30, and they wanted to be sure all the rural students could drive home on shiatty back roads without dying.  Of course, the cancellation was made right in the middle of my lab.
 
2014-01-31 12:17:28 PM  

Polish Hussar: MindStalker: Funny thing, this map also sorta lines up with politics as well. Imagine if snow removal was left to the free market and you had to pay for your own snow removal. How the fark would that even work..

//Northern states probably spend a pretty huge chunk of their state budget on snow removal as well.

According to this Detroit Free Press article, Wayne County (the county Detroit is in) has already spent $7 million on snow removal this winter.  And Oakland County, a neighboring county to Wayne, has gone through 56,000 tones

tons of salt to deice roads.

FTFM.  Remember kids, preview is your friend.
 
2014-01-31 12:18:14 PM  
Map is horseshiat. It says Canada needs a foot of snow? I have seen cancellations in Ontario for two inches of snow or less this season.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-01-31 12:18:29 PM  
MindStalker

Where I grew up you hired a private contractor to plow your driveway.

In Massachusetts you lobby the town to plow your driveway. In practice this means you have to have a shared driveway, which makes it a private road. Private roads can be maintained in the interests of public safety.

Meanwhile, the government contracts plowing to private drivers rather than maintain a plow force capable of doing the job. Your driveway may be plowed by a private contractor at government expense.

A former high ranking DOT official is awaiting trial on charges of conflict of interest. He allegedly awarded plow contracts to a company he had a financial interest in.
 
2014-01-31 12:19:59 PM  

Dragonflew: Map is horseshiat. It says Canada needs a foot of snow? I have seen cancellations in Ontario for two inches of snow or less this season.


I was looking at the "fixed" version. You have to click the article, then click the reddit link, then click the link in the reddit link. Efficient.
 
2014-01-31 12:22:16 PM  

ZAZ: In Massachusetts you lobby the town to plow your driveway.


That is the epitome of laziness. In Canada, we shovel our own farking driveways.
 
2014-01-31 12:24:05 PM  

Dragonflew: Map is horseshiat. It says Canada needs a foot of snow?


Two feet (on the 'fixed' map). I need to wake up before I post.
 
2014-01-31 12:26:19 PM  
MindStalker: Imagine if snow removal was left to the free market and you had to pay for your own snow removal. How the fark would that even work..

Considering real estate companies all over the country do just this for their shopping centers and business campuses, etc.  I'm sure it could easily be doable.

Weird, the business campus roads where I work is always way safer to drive on than the 2 lane road leading to it.

Sidewalks are always perfect and salted
 
2014-01-31 12:26:42 PM  

Dragonflew: Map is horseshiat. It says Canada needs a foot of snow? I have seen cancellations in Ontario for two inches of snow or less this season.


Ontario?  Or Toronto?

/for snark purposes, Greater Toronto can include everything from Kingston to Windsor
 
2014-01-31 12:31:06 PM  

ZAZ: MindStalker

Where I grew up you hired a private contractor to plow your driveway.

In Massachusetts you lobby the town to plow your driveway. In practice this means you have to have a shared driveway, which makes it a private road. Private roads can be maintained in the interests of public safety.

Meanwhile, the government contracts plowing to private drivers rather than maintain a plow force capable of doing the job. Your driveway may be plowed by a private contractor at government expense.

A former high ranking DOT official is awaiting trial on charges of conflict of interest. He allegedly awarded plow contracts to a company he had a financial interest in.


Yes, but I couldn't imagine the insanity of a patchwork of buyers each paying for different roads/expressways being plowed. As for neighborhoods, yes it is often handled by the individual neighborhood association.
 
2014-01-31 12:31:18 PM  

Frozen Donkey Wheel: SewerSquirrels: Here in MN they've taken to canceling school because of the cold, not just snow. They never did that in the 1970's or 80's and I never heard of any of my classmates suffering from exposure back then. I think the kids are still smart enough to layer up when it's -25 F windchill. Maybe the current superintendent isn't from around here.

People weren't as lawsuit-happy in the '70's and '80's. It's all about the lawyers.


Well, personal injury lawsuits have been dramatically declining since the mid-1980s.  Only about 5% of civil court cases involve personal injury.  The courts are primarily clogged up with lawsuits between businesses (which sounds about right).

/of course, fear of lawyers may account for said wimpiness
 
2014-01-31 12:32:23 PM  

Bondith: Dragonflew: Map is horseshiat. It says Canada needs a foot of snow? I have seen cancellations in Ontario for two inches of snow or less this season.

Ontario?  Or Toronto?

/for snark purposes, Greater Toronto can include everything from Kingston to Windsor


Kingston. :)

I was so embarrassed when they announced the first cancellations of the season.
 
2014-01-31 12:39:43 PM  

MindStalker: How the fark would that even work..


Gee, I don't know.

Some of these for the private areas
blogs.cars.com

Folks chipping in for the public roads kind of like they do now.
 
2014-01-31 12:46:15 PM  

Dragonflew: Bondith: Dragonflew: Map is horseshiat. It says Canada needs a foot of snow? I have seen cancellations in Ontario for two inches of snow or less this season.

Ontario?  Or Toronto?

/for snark purposes, Greater Toronto can include everything from Kingston to Windsor

Kingston. :)

I was so embarrassed when they announced the first cancellations of the season.


I spent grad school in Ottawa.  The standard they use isn't how deep the snow is on the ground, it's how far you can see through the snow in the air.
 
2014-01-31 12:48:44 PM  

MindStalker: Funny thing, this map also sorta lines up with politics as well. Imagine if snow removal was left to the free market and you had to pay for your own snow removal. How the fark would that even work..

//Northern states probably spend a pretty huge chunk of their state budget on snow removal as well.


You don't think landscape companies in snow country do nothing in the winter do you?  They all have plows for their trucks.  There's good money to be made removing snow.

Or on my street you just drive on it until it melts.
 
2014-01-31 12:55:57 PM  
I remain baffled at our school district...the multiple day closures for a single day event seem unncessary.  First day...yeah, we don't have the fleet of plows needed to clear every single road, so I get it.  Second day...a bit on conservative side, as most people are expected to return to work.  Third day....seriously?!?!  If the excuse is that buses may have trouble on the residential streets, just make the parents bring the kids in.  Sorry its an inconvience because you normally rely on the buses, but how is that worse than having to take off work to stay home with the kids?
 
2014-01-31 12:57:07 PM  
This map is completely inaccurate... Colorado is listed as a "high snow" state. I've never seen a place that is supposed to get snow get as as paralyzed as friggin' Denver... I remember one time in Flag where we got about 3 ft. over the course of the week, and Denver shut down over 6".

Smeggy Smurf: You don't think landscape companies in snow country do nothing in the winter do you?  They all have plows for their trucks.  There's good money to be made removing snow.


Here, I've heard the landscape companies state that they make more off of snow removal than the growing season.
 
2014-01-31 12:59:33 PM  
The map is bullshiat.
 
2014-01-31 01:03:31 PM  

Bondith: The university I teach at did, however, cancel classes for the first couple of days this semester when blizzard conditions made it impossible to get to campus.


Yeah, University of Utah did it a couple of times when I worked there last winter. Being up on the side of the hill, even though it's a part of the city, they can  still get twice or three times as much as the rest of the city. We had a day last winter where it snowed about 18" before they finally decided(At 1 pm) to close for the rest of the day. Part of the problem is access to campus, since it isn't near a freeway, and you have to drive uphill to get there. Unfortunately, the decisions are just as much politics as anything else. We had a blizzard last winter as well. An actual blizzard as it's defined, and they closed early. Everything hit on time, and exactly the way they said it would(Whiteout conditions, couldn't see the house across my street 10 minutes after it started), but since there wasn't 'enough' snow, people complained that the U closed early. The storm his within 15 minutes of when it was supposed to, and it hit during the afternoon commute. If they hadn't closed early, there would have been wrecks all over around the school. So as a result, they wait a long, LONG time to go ahead and close.
 
2014-01-31 01:06:58 PM  
FTA: In Buffalo, the snow removal is so good that everyone just moves along no problem, even with a foot of snow overnight.

HA HA HA HA HA HA! Buffalo sucks at removing snow.
 
2014-01-31 01:10:51 PM  
Meanwhile, in Northern Canada...

www.liveforfilms.com
 
2014-01-31 01:16:21 PM  

HeadLever: MindStalker: How the fark would that even work..

Gee, I don't know.

Some of these for the private areas
[blogs.cars.com image 560x350]

Folks chipping in for the public roads kind of like they do now.


"Folks chipping in for the public roads", nobody "chips in" for the public roads. The county pays them good money for it.
 
2014-01-31 01:19:05 PM  

ZAZ: The map says Boston and suburbs wilt under a foot of snow. It takes less than that in recent years to close schools. I expect the reason is, reliable weather forecasts are taken more seriously.


Yep, this is bullshiat for Boston metro.
 
2014-01-31 01:24:03 PM  

nekom: I'd love to see similar stats for temperature.  There were a LOT of snow days this month, but none of them were for snow, they were for frigid temperatures.


Same here.  Only the first one on January 6th was due to snow.  The rest were due to the fact that it was too cold for salt to work so the roads had turned into ice sheets after the plows came through.
 
2014-01-31 01:30:13 PM  
Being in Tennessee we get some snow.  This past week we got 4-5 inches in some areas.  I was at my last account for the day and one of the employees originally from NY was mocking all the customers and other employees for panicking.  At that time barely an inch fell, when he went home for the day he put his car in a ditch trying to leave the parking lot
 
2014-01-31 01:39:03 PM  
According to that map, I grew up in an area where it took 24" of snow in one storm to cancel school. Bullshiat. Think more like 30". Hell. my old National Guard unit still held weekend drill after a storm that dropped 36""+ of snow overnight. On the Friday night before the drill. Granted, half the unit no-showed, but we still held drill. To be fair, though, this was a Halloween weekend, where *no one* was expecting 36" of snow to fall in one night. Even in northern Wisconsin. They were more likely to cancel school because of cold weather (think -45F wind chills) than snow.
 
2014-01-31 01:41:50 PM  
A agree with my area of the map (central IL).  Though this winter school has been called off 4 maybe 5 times because of cold but no snow days.
 
2014-01-31 01:42:09 PM  

UberDave: Hell, they cancelled school earlier this week on the mere threat of snow.


Same here in Ouachita Parish,LA. Kids were out for TWO days, and not a single flake was seen.
 
2014-01-31 01:42:12 PM  

Fast Moon: nekom: I'd love to see similar stats for temperature.  There were a LOT of snow days this month, but none of them were for snow, they were for frigid temperatures.

Same here.  Only the first one on January 6th was due to snow.  The rest were due to the fact that it was too cold for salt to work so the roads had turned into ice sheets after the plows came through.


This past week here in Battle Creek, the school district closed for two days straight because of the cold.
 
2014-01-31 01:45:13 PM  
static.someecards.com
 
2014-01-31 01:46:16 PM  
Haha, Southerners are pussies.
 
2014-01-31 01:46:31 PM  
I live in Winter-peg, Man-it's-cold-out.
Walked to school with my elementary school daughters in -34c.
The snow piled along the sidewalk is almost over my head.

Hopefully, going sliding this weekend!
 
2014-01-31 01:50:26 PM  

Ursa Minor: I live in Winter-peg, Man-it's-cold-out.
Walked to school with my elementary school daughters in -34c.
The snow piled along the sidewalk is almost over my head.

Hopefully, going sliding this weekend!


In the irrigation ditch?
 
2014-01-31 02:04:16 PM  

MindStalker: nobody "chips in" for the public roads.


Really, no one pays taxes?  So I don't need to bother with my 1040 this year?  I don't have to pay that gas tax? I can shirk off my property tax?  Brilliant!
 
2014-01-31 02:05:56 PM  

MindStalker: The county pays them good money for it.


And where does this county money come from if not all of us chipping in?
 
2014-01-31 02:37:41 PM  

Bondith: I spent grad school in Ottawa.  The standard they use isn't how deep the snow is on the ground, it's how far you can see through the snow in the air.


That's how it is in North Dakota too. A strong blizzard around here will drop maybe 3-5 inches of snow, but then the 50-mph winds pick it all up and blow it around, reducing visibility to zero for three days.

I've spent my entire life here and I don't remember us ever getting more than a foot of fallen snow in one snowfall, or having the schools closed due to weather not related to "blowing and drifting snow."

/yes, ND blows
 
2014-01-31 02:38:08 PM  

HeadLever: MindStalker: nobody "chips in" for the public roads.

Really, no one pays taxes?  So I don't need to bother with my 1040 this year?  I don't have to pay that gas tax? I can shirk off my property tax?  Brilliant!


What are you babbling about? The arguement was it would be a cluserfark if there wasn't a central government to handle paying for the plowing. You said everyone would chip in "like they do now", I said no-one chips in for major roads, then you went back to arguing that we have a central government to handle that through taxes.
 
2014-01-31 02:46:31 PM  

MindStalker: The arguement was it would be a cluserfark if there wasn't a central government to handle paying for the plowing.


No, you arguemnt was "Folks chipping in for the public roads", nobody "chips in" for the public roads."  The 'central government' is just where this chipped in money is collected and distributed as needed to plow the roads.  Seems to be much more efficient than everyone trying to hire different folks for the same job.
 
2014-01-31 03:12:39 PM  

HeadLever: MindStalker: How the fark would that even work..

Gee, I don't know.

Some of these for the private areas
[blogs.cars.com image 560x350]

Folks chipping in for the public roads kind of like they do now.


I'm not sure where you're from but its a liability issue here. No private plower ever plows public roads.
 
2014-01-31 03:17:08 PM  

Bondith: Ursa Minor: I live in Winter-peg, Man-it's-cold-out.
Walked to school with my elementary school daughters in -34c.
The snow piled along the sidewalk is almost over my head.

Hopefully, going sliding this weekend!

In the irrigation ditch?


Nope, on Garbage Hill.
Not sure where the irrigation ditch reference comes from.
 
2014-01-31 03:42:25 PM  

Ursa Minor: Bondith: Ursa Minor: I live in Winter-peg, Man-it's-cold-out.
Walked to school with my elementary school daughters in -34c.
The snow piled along the sidewalk is almost over my head.

Hopefully, going sliding this weekend!

In the irrigation ditch?

Nope, on Garbage Hill.
Not sure where the irrigation ditch reference comes from.


Someone from Manitoba once told me that the longest, steepest hill available for sledding was the side of the irrigation canal.  It might have been Brandon rather than Winterpeg.  Also, as a BCer I'm required to mock the flatness of the prairie provinces every chance I get.
 
2014-01-31 03:54:10 PM  

MindStalker: Yes, but I couldn't imagine the insanity of a patchwork of buyers each paying for different roads/expressways being plowed. As for neighborhoods, yes it is often handled by the individual neighborhood association.


You haven't lived in a rural place where everyone makes their own arrangements for plowing, have you?
Nor seen garbage pickup taking place in a city where everyone chooses their garbage removal service?
Does your city mow everyone's lawns, or can't you imagine the insanity of everyone keeping their own grass cut?
Life Contracts find a way.
 
2014-01-31 04:07:15 PM  

WelldeadLink: You haven't lived in a rural place where everyone makes their own arrangements for plowing, have you?


Yeah, I think Atlanta just tried this.

//I'm talking about major roads, not neighborhoods or personal driveways.
 
2014-01-31 04:17:27 PM  
It's not an irrigation canal, it's a floodway.
But we do have larger ski hills in Manitoba in the Riding Mountain area.

FYI - Garbage Hill is an old land fill site, now the largest hill in Winnipeg.
The snow covers the broken glass! Lol!

But yeah, we have a lot more flatness and a lot less smelly hippies than BC.
 
2014-01-31 04:37:17 PM  
As someone who has taken two years of cartography:  The color ramp for the county by county map need tweeked,

Otherwise, cool maps!
 
2014-01-31 05:12:04 PM  

drsmith: I'm not sure where you're from but its a liability issue here. No private plower ever plows public roads.


Same here. Responsibility of the DOT. If some non-contracted private company or some guy with a shiatty Ford who thinks he is Mr. Plow hits a car, destroys a curb, tears up the road or hits anything else, they are in a LOT of shiat.
 
2014-01-31 05:24:27 PM  

drsmith: I'm not sure where you're from but its a liability issue here. No private plower ever plows public roads.


Talking about chipping in via taxes to have the county/state plow the roads.
 
2014-01-31 05:26:04 PM  
This is inaccurate. 2 ft of snow and I'll still be going to school in northern IL. The magic words for cancelling school that are always thrown around are "blowing and drifting." The amount of snow doesn't matter if there's little to no wind.
 
2014-01-31 05:28:23 PM  
I have had more than 12 inches of snow fall in my area, and still have school. Not entirely accurate, but probably close enough.
 
2014-01-31 05:36:21 PM  
here in california, we have fire days.  if the air is too heavy in smoke, it's closed.  it happens enough.
 
2014-01-31 05:48:13 PM  

Wellon Dowd: Geotpf: As usual, California laughs at everybody else's snow shenanigans.  I think it snows once here every five years, for about an hour at 3 am.  Best yet if you want to do winter type activities, there's plenty of snow in the mountains an hour north of here.

One-quarter of inch of rain is usually enough to cause panic in Southern California.


Last night it drizzled a bit for about 10 minutes.  I leaned out the door to smell the rain and heard a neighbor call out to someone inside their house 'Look, it's POURING!  It's POURING out there!'

These native SoCal folk crack me up.
 
2014-01-31 07:43:22 PM  
Is this some kind of joke that I'm not getting? We don't cancel school in TX over "any snow", only when the roads are iced over or there is several inches on the roads. Also, I grew up in western NY and there is no way in hell we would go to school in 23" of snow. Hell the blizzard of 77 only dropped 12" of snow and all of western NY was snowed in for weeks afterward.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-01-31 08:11:39 PM  
ReapTheChaos

No joke, just a mostly made-up graph.
 
2014-01-31 09:52:22 PM  

SewerSquirrels: Here in MN they've taken to canceling school because of the cold, not just snow.


Roanoke City (and surrounding areas) did just that last week or whenever when we had the "polar vortex" cold snap. Temperatures fell into the teens!
 
2014-02-01 02:53:59 AM  
Around here this year, they have cancelled school WITHOUT snow.

They blame the fact that some kids dont wear jackets and they dont want to be liable if they freeze to death.

I crap you not.  its not just ONE district, its all of them around here.
 
2014-02-01 08:45:33 AM  
Meanwhile, in Atlanta:

media2.s-nbcnews.com

The snow, it came out of nowhere!
 
2014-02-01 11:39:51 AM  

Mr. Breeze: My wife never had a snow day. This was in Montana. She only experienced one cancellation which occurred when the high temp for the day was -30°.

/csb


This. I had one snow day growing up in Montana, and that was the day the pipes in the school froze. We had a few "snow" days my freshman year in college at Montana State, when the temperature dropped as low as -42F and wind chills were in the -70s to -80s (using the old wind chill system at any rate). We ran from the dorm up to the student union one day during this and it was like being on Mars. My friend from Minnesota said he'd never seen anything like it.
 
2014-02-01 11:54:25 AM  
We also had a partial snow day due to the solar eclipse in 1980. They made us stay home so we wouldn't go blind looking at it, or something.
 
2014-02-01 11:42:23 PM  

ReapTheChaos: Is this some kind of joke that I'm not getting? We don't cancel school in TX over "any snow", only when the roads are iced over or there is several inches on the roads. Also, I grew up in western NY and there is no way in hell we would go to school in 23" of snow. Hell the blizzard of 77 only dropped 12" of snow and all of western NY was snowed in for weeks afterward.


The Blizzard Of '77 dropped hardly any NEW snow, but rather picked up the few feet of snow that was sitting on frozen lake Erie and picked it up and dropped it on WNY.  I assume you've seen the Father Baker expwy aftermath with 8'drifts completely covering cars, drifts as tall as houses, people abandoning their cars on the lakefront ,etc.  I grew up in the southern tier, and we were lucky to  only have 3 feet of snow on our yard.  A front-end loader had to plow our driveway.  Friends that grew up in Buffalo had stories of city buses covered in snow. I didn't believe it until I saw the sideshows on YouTube.
 
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