Last blast? Get a grip

Newscasters should be more careful; what with the previous weather issues and all. Don't they know that the mention of the s-word and people start to worry about how they are going to get home from work, what plans they need to cancel and how much milk they have in the refrigerator. Please.

They did it again last night...and this morning. Their broadcast from Snoqualmie pass, with a hooded field reporter warning about the frozen road and conditions. OK, OK, I get it...that is their job. Snoqualmie is where people that like snow move; the ones with the studded tires and ski passes. People that I may be friends with but try not to look in the eye if they mention anything resembling a ski outing. I don't do cold. Most of the viewing area doesn't live at those elevations anyway. Makes my ears pop to drive up there.

This morning big fluffy snow drops fell and as I looked out my front window, I could hear a trickle of water running through my gutter downspout (you get one of those when you buy a house...they are a thing of curiosity). No freezing ground temps, no accumulation, no big deal. At least until nightfall when the cold sets in. When's that time change coming again?

I've heard several times in the last few weeks about snow typically happening here in the last week of February. This seems odd to me because the way it was stated was as if it was some fact of living in the Seattle area known to pretty much everyone except for me. Seven and a half years here and they still haven't filled me in on the secret code. I also wondered how that could be since we frequently can go a winter without an inch of snow. I'm pretty sure it's the weather-casters who have some research person behind the scenes combing the farmers almanac online for some witty banter about how snowfall in the Seattle area happens the last week of February. Or other such worthless trivia, which I am usually a fan of.

I guess I was wishing that they would let up with the weather-related hyperbole. I was also hoping that I could make a deal with them that if we did have some snow this week, it could be the end of it until at least next year. Everyone that wants to visit it can go up to the pass (it's the mountains, people). I won't see you there.

Comments (6)

  1. eR0CK says:

    That’s what I miss most about WA … the cascades and the amazing skiing!

    Too bad you’re not a fan :-P!

  2. Patblue says:

    I think the media in our area is just really hypersensitive and are putting people on panic alert due to our recent wind and snow storm mishaps.  They do have a way of terrorizing us with the S word though.  Here is a bit of trivia for you HH, did you know that our area is one of the 3 hardest geographies to predict weather? The other two are the Front Range of the Rockies and the Central Atlantic coast.  With the ocean, Olympic range, Puget Sound and then the Cascade range, there are too many geographic variables that can change our weather predictions in minutes.  I thought that was cool when I learned that.

  3. HeatherLeigh says:

    eRock – SOOO not a fan!

    Patblue – look at you bringing on the trivia! Love it!

  4. Toby Getsch says:

    "I don’t do cold."

    "…let up with the weather-related hyperbole."

    nice  đź™‚

    I hear ya, but I also love that here we can’ head up to the mountains and in about 30 minutes get lots of snow.  Very convenient if that’s the current mood.

  5. HeatherLeigh says:

    Yeah, I hear that from a lot of people that are into snow sports. I just like looking up at the sky line and seeing beautiful mountains. It’s something you kind of take for granted when you have been here for a while but it’s rather stunning when you first move here.

  6. Lauren Smith says:

    There really isn’t anything quite so impressive as the afternoon view of the Cascades and Ranier as you come up over the rise in 520 in early summer.

    My wife skiis, but I prefer to look sharp in my skiwear as I sit warmly in the lodge. Seattle’s got something for everyone!

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