It’s All Relative…

snow and ice

It seems like wherever I go people are talking about the weather.  It is the top story on all of the news stations.

I have been watching the news and hearing about the “paralyzing storm” that has hit the south.  THREE inches of snow.  I am not making light of it because sadly this severe weather has been deadly in many cases.  I just have to wonder what constitutes “paralyzing” or “storm of the century.”  It seems like every few days we are getting hit with another “wicked storm.”

Three inches of snow to us here in New Jersey seems like nothing – at least not after the way this winter has been so far.  Last week, we had about a foot of snow and had to shut down schools and businesses.  But north of us, they are under several feet of snow.  Are they laughing at our complaining?  Do people in Alaska sit back and shake their heads at us?

I assume it all has to do with what we are prepared for.  No one expects to get freezing temperatures, snow and ice in Georgia, Florida and Alabama so they are not accustomed to it and how  to handle the drastic change.  I can remember my cousins who grew up in Alaska telling me that school was very rarely ever canceled, and even then, it was not because of snow, but because of extreme cold.  Cold like….30 BELOW!  I am whining and complaining over the single digit temperatures here – I could not even imagine what thirty below could feel like and I don’t want to!

I guess the most important thing that we can do during this cold snap, no matter where we live, is to stay safe.  Anyone can tell you that they can drive safely in the snow but no one can safely drive on ice. The best thing you can do in an ice storm is to simply avoid it.  Keep your pets inside, safe and warm, and help elderly or ailing neighbors with shoveling if you can.  Winter is here for a few more months and there is nothing we can do about it!  At least the days are beginning to get a little longer!  That’s always a sure sign that Spring is on its way!


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4 thoughts on “It’s All Relative…

  1. Rachel January 29, 2014 at 6:55 pm Reply

    Hi Claire,

    No, school is never cancelled in AK for -30 (otherwise it would be cancelled for 4 months off and on. -30 and colder is very average.) Even if it’s -50 we still have school. The thing that cancels school is +35 when the snow and ice melts on the roads and it’s dangerously slippery. We’ve been having “dangerously” warm weather while you guys have had “cold.” Yes, it is relative.

    • clairesinclair January 29, 2014 at 8:38 pm Reply

      I don’t know how you do it Rachel! The cold is really getting to me this year…plus you have the darkness!! Again – all relative I guess since you have amazing daylight in the summer!

  2. Pete January 29, 2014 at 9:14 pm Reply

    I live in a remote cabin in Northern Alaska and yes temperature’s are relative to what you are used to. At my place it has gotten down to only -38 and that is warm compared to Fairbanks or North Pole with -50 and -60. This year I traveled to Texas to be with my son, his family and some warm weather. Instead it was cooler here than back in Fairbanks, Alaska…

    • clairesinclair March 3, 2014 at 5:48 am Reply

      Pete, this has been a crazy winter! I am really looking forward to Spring!

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