Friday, January 3, 2014

Winter Storm Hercules?

It's a name that sells newspapers, increases ratings, and gets people to clamor for government to save them, but it has not been that bad, at least snow-wise, to those of us who remember the Blizzard of 1977, during which His Honor James D. Griffin advised us to "go home, buy a six pack of beer, and watch a good football game," earning him the moniker "Jimmy Six Pack." In fact, I don't think this storm would have even made the news back then. We were made of tougher stuff.

That said, it is cold. Snow, we're used to, but its usually doesn't linger around the 0°F mark used by the great Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit to represent about the coldest it normally gets in Central Europe (100°F being the hottest extreme), a human scale if there ever was one. Turns out this story from August was right and the algoreans wrong — Farmer's Almanac Predicts 'Bitterly Cold' Winter.

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