For a place with such relatively mild weather, we here in Oregon tend to complain a little too much about the weather. I mean really, it rarely snows, it rarely gets over 100 degrees, no tornadoes, no hurricanes, but let me tell you, when something happens it’s like the Apocalypse.
Last month, we had a snowstorm. Actually several snowstorms, that left at most 16″ of snow over the course of several days. Of course leave it to the news to label this phenomenon of the *cue dramatic music* Arctic Blast 2008. Yes, it was a mess. Icy roads, bitter cold with a biting wind and the town acted like we were transported to the Arctic Circle. What made things worse was the hysteria stoked by the news media and the inability of our local governments to effectively manage the roads and related infrastructure. I lived in Flagstaff for 3 years and had several times where we got over a foot of snow in less than 12 hours, but the town shut down only once and that was because we got 3 feet of snow in a 24 hour period. That really is near cause for hysteria. But the only people in hysterics were the tourists from the Valley of the Sun.
But it’s always the same. Whether it is “Fall Floods ’07”, or “Heat Wave 2008”, “Arctic Blast” or the soon to come “Floods of 2009” on the news media whips us into a frenzy. For days on end the local channels had nothing on but news, relating the same stories ad nauseam and bringing the dire reports of more nasty weather to come. All it takes a little change from the normal for them to start the dire warnings. One anchor in particular is never happy with the weather. When it rains a lot she complains about the lack of sun, but when it has been sunny for a long time she complains about the lack of rain. She always has a snarky comment about the weather.
But I love it. I was out in the weather on my bike nearly everyday of it. I rode to work all but 2 days of the storm that I did work. My co-workers looked at me in disbelief when I walked in head-to-toe in my foul weather gear. But really, it was just another day. No weather wimp here!