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February 10, 2013

Three feet of snow? Pfft!

(Continued)

Tonawanda News — It’s also lazy journalism. Snow in Buffalo in February isn’t a story unless it’s measured by multiples of 12.

So we get people clearing grocery shelves and hoarding canned goods and bottled water. (Why water? Are the pipes going to freeze?)

But there’s arguably one bigger problem: When there’s a real storm coming are we actually going to listen to the Weathermen Who Cried Wolf?

And finally there’s the most disturbing part. We’re from Western New York! Buffalo is the snow capital of the nation! Even though we all know lots of places get more snow annually than us, we’re known far and wide as the only city in America can take seven feet of snow and get more or less back to normal in less than a day.

With all this fretting over fearsome snows that don’t snow — or don’t snow that much — we’re in serious danger of losing the claim we’ve staked as America’s Snowmen. 

I say Buck Up, Buffalo!

The next time the big one we’ll be reminded how silly all those TV newscasts sound when they’re endlessly chattering about 8 inches of snow when there’s a snow drift as tall as your house.

Then we’ll do what we always do. Start shoveling until we can get to work and tell everyone our storm stories.

Eric DuVall is the managing editor of the Tonawanda News. His column appears Wednesdays and Sundays. Contact him at eric.duvall@tonawanda-news.com.

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