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  •  Meh (16+ / 0-)

    I live in the northeast. It was a nor'ester. That's enough.

    I grew up in Chicago. Lived in Michigan a few years and now the mountains of upstte New York. Snow is snow. Storms are stroms.

    I guess I really have mixed feelings about it. On the one hand you show a picture of a nor'ester like that seen above and it looks much like a hurricane so why not? And sometimes the storms really do merit the same concern and consideration. There was one hell of a lot of wind with this last storm. So I can see applying the same rationale.

    However... when the sensationalist weather channel and other news outlets start using color coded threat charts amidst their naming of winter storms I'm just about ready to puke. I understand completely that we are facing climate change. I can see it for myself in the weather. But that shit they pull is all about ratings and consumerism. "Nemo" is about selling save-my-ass-I'm-a-scared storm products. Fuck that.

    It was a nor'ester. Seen plenty of them and as long as I get to stay in the northeast I'll see plenty more. I'll name them by mont and year. Good enough. All you young whippersnappers can have your named storms. Taint like it was when I was a boy and we had to walk up hill both directions in our storms without any names! or shoes!  

    "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

    by Andrew C White on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 10:36:13 AM PST

    •  As a Canadian (0+ / 0-)

      I was hella confused by references to 'Nemo' in the American media (we don't get your WC but we get networks and CNN and so forth).  My reaction was basically, "Who the hell is Nemo??"  When I understood it to be the name of the storm, my gut-reaction was instantly 'hyperbolic marketing ploy' with an eye-roll. 'Round here, we just call it 'winter' and it is memorable enough - in fact, it's hard enough to forget without the names.

      When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die. - Linkin Park

      by mystery2me on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 11:06:26 AM PST

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