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February 10, 2013

Three feet of snow? Pfft!

Tonawanda News — Is it just me or have we all become a bunch of winter wimps in Western New York?

For days we were forced to listen to ominous reports of the winter storm that pounded New England. In some places it dropped three feet of snow. It was the fifth-largest snowfall in Boston history and set all-time records in other places.

Of course three feet of snow isn’t anywhere close to a record here in Western New York. Daily snowfall records aren’t tabulated by the National Weather Service but anyone with a decent memory can remember some really rough snowfalls. In 2001, we got 83 inches in a five-day storm, with 68 of it coming from Dec. 26 to 28. 

Those slightly older than me can recall the infamous blizzard of ‘77. 

There was the Thanksgiving storm in 2002 that stranded people for days.

I bring this up because it’s been a while since we’ve had to deal with a truly crippling snowstorm. For this I’m thankful, though let’s be honest: It’s coming.

Hopefully it’s not any time soon, but there will be more days where there’s snow taller than most people, where you’re going to spend the next 24 hours pretty much wherever you are when it hits. 

We don’t serve ourselves well by over-covering storms of little importance. The foot or so of snow we got Friday into Saturday wasn’t memorable. It didn’t disrupt life. Kids went to school, people went to work and the newspapers made it to your doorstep without much more frustration than normal.

I think all this snow-bia — defined as an unreasonable fear of snow — comes first from TV news stations who look to grab readers with blinking graphics touting a “LAKE EFFECT SNOW WARNING!” It might be good for ratings, but it isn’t good for delivering the news.

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