Thursday, January 31, 2008

Chicago Winters

by Michael Dymmoch

People bitch constantly about the accuracy of weather reports, but they’d do well in the stock market with information as ”bad.”

We had blizzards when I was a kid. I didn’t walk five miles to school in snow, just two blocks to the bus stop. And the snow sometimes started in November and stayed on the ground until March. I lived through the winter of ’67, and the snows of ’78, and the minus 25 degree temperatures in 1985. And in April of 1975 , I remember driving through a “freak” snowstorm that dumped 18 inches of snow overnight.

So when they predict three to six (or even ten) inches of snow and call for a winter storm watch, I don’t get it. This is Chicago. We’re supposed to get snow in winter. People who don’t want to move to Florida or Arizona ought to get a grip and a snow shovel and deal with it.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Amen, Brother, from Minnesota. We are coming out from a frosty, nippy week. It happens; it's Minnesota. We get -25 F. We get -45 F wind chill.

My mantra was NO EXPOSED SKIN.

Put on more clothes, people, or go someplace else.

Fargo said...

We've had too many less-than-real-Chicago winters. People have become wimps. I lived through '67, '79, '83, '84, and '85. I was out cross country skiing along the lake on the day it was -26. Beautiful experience. Nobody else out there except other x-c skiers. It was a kind of peace and quiet that one can rarely experience here.

angie said...

LOL! And that's one of the reasons I moved to Arizona. I loved Chicago, and (mostly) liked the snow, but those long gray winters with not nearly enough sunshine? Nope, couldn't do it.