Saturday, December 19, 2009

new 'Burghers and snow?

Don't you think the level of anxiety and the amount of snow being forecasted are a little out of kilter?  I see them saying 2-4 inches.  Even if it's a bit more than that there was a time that amount of snow would have been laughed at. There are some other regions getting socked no doubt, but this is a dusting.  Must be all the new folks in town??  We will get one of those 10-year storms one of these days. If you have broken out the snow shoes you have overreacted.

Nonetheless. on one of the (relatively) least walkable days in months it is a good time to think about walks for the spring.  In the PG, DNJ follows up on my pondering of some Jane Jacobs' walks in town.   See her post in her online CityWalkabout blog/column...  The earlier comments here are from this post.  Sounds like we may have a few volunteers to take this on.  Will need to work out the practicalities of it all, but it seems like Pittsburgh ought to have a role.


Anonymous johnnyg said...

Fake anxiety--the local TV news manufactured kind of anxiety--or the real kind? I was at my local Braddock Hills Giant Eagle last night, and it didn't seem any busier than any other Friday night.

And, folks always seem to get geeked about the first major snow of the season.

Saturday, December 19, 2009 12:50:00 PM  
Blogger Ms. Monongahela, Ms. Chief Editor said...

What I missed this go 'round was David Johnson reporting from his home in Squirrel Hill, via phone to WPXI, that he was outside in his underwear -- like he did during the unexpected ice that we experienced last week. Yes, he really said that.

Saturday, December 19, 2009 12:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When shopping for homes I was regaled with stories about massive snow storms, and how I would have to shovel out my car under 30 inches of snow and then secure my achievement with a chair.

This has still never happened. In fact, my first winter here I didn't even need an ice scraper for my car's windshield.

My impression is that there is "snow hype": yinzers try to play up the pittsburgh winters to match the tough, working-class image the city has for itself, no matter what the reality may be.

Saturday, December 19, 2009 5:34:00 PM  
Blogger Jim Russell said...

If only the outsiders were more flinty:

Saturday, December 19, 2009 6:20:00 PM  
Anonymous jet said...

Kenny Champion's take on it, a mini-podcast-rant:

Saturday, December 19, 2009 7:33:00 PM  
Anonymous DBR96A said...

Anonymous regurgitated, "yinzers try to play up the pittsburgh winters to match the tough, working-class image the city has for itself, no matter what the reality may be."

It's worth noting that five of the 20 snowiest winters Pittsburgh has ever had have occurred within the last 20 years.

3. 1993-1994 (76.8")
5. 1995-1996 (74.5")
6. 1992-1993 (72.1")
12. 2002-2003 (61.8")
17. 2003-2004 (54.2")

I know some people may find it fashionable to bash yinzers for any reason under the sun, but a little bit of actual fact-checking shows that winters in Pittsburgh can be plenty rough.

By the way, of the 20 least-snowy winters Pittsburgh has ever had, only one of them has occurred in the last 20 years -- 1994-1995 was the 19th-least-snowy, with 23.4".

Sunday, December 20, 2009 2:34:00 AM  
Anonymous DBR96A said...

CORRECTION: Three of the 20 least-snowy Pittsburgh winters have occurred within the last 20 years.

7. 1990-1991 (17.2")
13. 1988-1989 (21.7")
19. 1994-1995 (23.4")

Be that as it may, it's worth noting that five of the last seven winters in Pittsburgh have had above-normal snowfall.

Sunday, December 20, 2009 2:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boy do I miss 1990-1991!

Monday, December 21, 2009 9:18:00 AM  

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