The Atlantic: Buffalonians ‘freak out’ over snow
blog by S.J. Velasquez • January 23, 2012 @ 10:24am
According to The Atlantic, “People in Buffalo freak out when there are two feet” of snow on the ground.
Yeah, that’s because there are multiple feet of snow on the ground. Like, you can’t even let your Pomeranian out to use the bathroom without first shoveling pathways in the backyard. Your toddler could potentially drown in snow in the process of making a snow angel. Give us a break, Atlantic. We occasionally get hit with more snow that you and your momma have seen in your combined lifetimes.
And we’re not actually “freaking out.” Far from it. According to the very article accusing Buffalonians of freaking out, “Zen and the Art of Snow Plow Maintenance,” Buffalo is the snowiest North American city included in a recent bit of research conducted by Atlantic staffers. And while we can expect almost 100 inches of snowfall in a given year, we employ far fewer snowplows per square mile than, say, Cleveland—a city that sees about half the amount of snowfall as we do.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but The Atlantic is headquartered in D.C., which experiences a measly 16 inches of snow each year. But, as the article above points out, “once every seven years or so, something really wild happens” in D.C. Oh, so that justifies your 3.6 plows employed per mile—three times the number of plows operating per mile in Buffalo, which has approximately 5.5 times the amount of snow D.C. gets annually?
Ah, Buffalo can’t win. We’re either getting dumped on for our snow or backhandedly insulted for our preparedness, which in this case isn’t even as drastic as less snowy cities.
I, for one, want more snow this season. This warm winter is making me gag.
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