An oberservation on people and the coming snow storm

Leave it to human behavior to get me out of hiding and write something, but is it just me, or do people seem overly worried about this upcoming snow storm?

I feel that people are starting to panic, in a sense, about the possibility of 20 some odd centimeters of snow. At my job, I see and speak to anywhere near 200+ individual people on a daily basis and I have actual conversations with these people, however short said conversations might be. But the general consensus these days is that people seem worried or bothered that there will be a snow storm and what it will bring (school closures, dangerous driving, etc…).

I somehow feel the obligation to remind everyone that this is MontrĂ©al, we’re supposed to be used to snow storms and ice on the roads! Does that make driving any safer? No, but it shouldn’t instill that much anxiety in the general population either. We’ve had an extremely easy winter so far, albeit a pretty cold one. We’ve been spoiled by the lack of any true snow accumulation and it’s starting to show that people are getting used to it. Do people not realize that this was bound to happen?

We’re slowly turning into (and I’m really sorry to say this)… Toronto!

But to be fair, there’s the other bunch of folks that are totally looking forward to the snow, though from I can tell, they seem to be the minority; the skiers and snowboarders (and possibly city workers?). I’m somewhere in the middle, personally. I’d hibernate if I truly had the choice.

3 Comments so far

  1. Justin (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 12:41 pm

    I am a self professed weather nerd.

    Check out the following discussion: http://meteocentre.com/forums/index.phpshowtopic=4509

    Forecasters use computer models to determine what will happen. There are several models out there.. but more and more, they are all agreeing at this stage (noon Tuesday) that we’ll get 30+cm.. some are even talking 50cm. So ya, it could be huge.


  2. Elvi (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 1:14 pm

    Just a note on the url posted in the previous comment – it needs a question mark in between “index.php” and “showtopic” in order to work.


  3. Justin (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 1:42 pm

    Oops! Sorry about that. Here, try this:

    http://meteocentre.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=4509



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