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It Snows In Winter In The Us. Who Knew?

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Why, oh why is this being given such coverage on the news channels? Sky are as bad as the Beeb.

Because no news happened! Weather is the second best thing.

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weather is easy...they have pictures, they have weathermen to talk about it, climate change can be discussed, panic buying, people dead and trapped.

its got the lot.

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Why, oh why is this being given such coverage on the news channels? Sky are as bad as the Beeb.

Maybe to make us - well, those of us who haven't suffered flooding - feel better about our own weather? As in, Well, at least we don't have that to cope with.

My sister lives in Cambridge, Mass., and at one point last year she had 4 feet of snow piled up outside the door. Had to climb out of a window to shovel it away so the dog could get out. And an American friend who lives in New Hampshire told us back in September that he just could not face another winter like the last. He's a very keen cyclist and for weeks on end he was unable to use his bike.

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Just to add, weather has been very weird in my sister's neck of the Massachussets woods lately. On Christmas Eve they had a temp of 70 F - unheard of at that time of year.

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EDIT: Unless it's a subliminal message " buy oil".

Well, the oil price soared at almost the same time that the mainstream media began warning of this massive storm in the US.

Odd really, as increased oil use for heating probably will be negated by tens of millions of car journeys being postponed. How long before some 'expert' points this out on Bloomberg next week and the price of oil plunges again?

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Just to add, weather has been very weird in my sister's neck of the Massachussets woods lately. On Christmas Eve they had a temp of 70 F - unheard of at that time of year.

Which kinda explains this massive snowstorm now - above average temps in the US eventually coming into contact with that colder Artic air coming down from Canada.

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I am surprised by the flooding. The flooding seems the real crisis in the US currently but it is playing second fiddle to the snow. So many people living near the sea on land that the sea wants back.

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A chance to show lots of fancy snow clearing equipment, everyone muffled up, big cars snowed up and big shovels - just the thing to get people in the mood to consider buying winter clothes, food and drink stocks, anti freeze and shovels etc in the UK, just in case.

If the worst winter ever headlines don't work because it's yet another mild winter (so far) then there's always other back up measures.

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A chance to show lots of fancy snow clearing equipment, everyone muffled up, big cars snowed up and big shovels - just the thing to get people in the mood to consider buying winter clothes, food and drink stocks, anti freeze and shovels etc in the UK, just in case.

If the worst winter ever headlines don't work because it's yet another mild winter (so far) then there's always other back up measures.

You mean it's just for shovel salesman?

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The last time we had significant snow here, the snowplough was in Freshwater and its lorry was in Newport, 12 miles away.

Praise your council, for it got it wrong again!

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A bit like parts of the Isle of Wight.

http://youtu.be/o4eVL0oPnKA

Or much of Englands East Coast

BTW The US had worse weather in 1977 with 23 Deaths in New York State alone and nearly 2.5 metres of snow ad 40 foot drifts in some spots

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blizzard_of_1977

Hundreds died in some past storms

http://www.livescience.com/31880-countdown-10-worst-blizzards.html

Two and a half foot of snow sounds like a lot but it is not more than the equivalent of 3 inches of rain.

To put that in perspective parts of North West England saw between 6 and 12 inches of rain from the storms preceding Christmas 2015.

http://blog.metoffice.gov.uk/2015/12/28/record-breaking-december-rainfall//

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I am oddly interested in the number of deaths which I think stands at 18 over the weekend. Given we are talking about an American population of 88 million in the affected area, how many would normally have died from shootings, crashes, being obese etc? I would hazard a guess at far more. Therefore the headline should be 'Massive storms save hundreds of lives'.

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