Two inches of snow

Atlanta GA, January 28

I parked my car after eight hours creeping along seven miles of driving distance, then walked the final two miles home. The road was a sheet of ice. A co-worker had a ten-mile hike in 20 degree weather.

When two inches of snow are all it takes to paralyze a metropolitan area of over 5 million people, your society's not well structured.


lannes said…
Tell it to Al Gore
Al's got that one covered: anthropogenic climate change leads to more extreme seasonal variation.

So, if it's hot, ACC; if it's cold, ACC.

The ultimate goal of Science: the hypothesis that can never be proved wrong.
Anonymous said…
You guys normally get no snow, right? Just some flurries that don't stick?
Huge ice storm in the 70s once, back when all the transformers were on poles in front of your house.

We had a winter ice-over in 2011. Actually had a whole month of sub-freezing temperatures that year.
Anonymous said…
Why did people have such trouble driving in Atlanta?

I've always lived in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Driving in an inch or two of snow is not that difficult.
Anonymous said…
Al Gore's not all bad:

"Former Vice President Al Gore raised eyebrows last week when he suggested that “fertility management” was the key to fighting global warming and promoting economic development in poor countries. Gore’s comments drew criticism from free-marketeers who said his remarks amount to “eco-imperialism.”

“Gore’s agenda for saving the world from global warming has always included population control,” Myron Ebell, director of global warming and international environmental policy at the free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “Advocating population control specifically for Africa is just another form of imperialism. Gore’s eco-imperialism is uncomfortably close to the original racist goals of Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, who advocated population control in order to control the number of black and brown people in the world.”

The world is expected to have more than 9 billion people by 2075, with much of that growth coming from developing countries in Africa. This is alarming to environmental activists like Gore, who argues that “fertility management” is needed to address a whole slew of global development issues, including mitigating global warming.

“When Gore advocates ‘making fertility management ubiquitously available,’ does he mean that there should be free condom dispensers on every solar panel?” Ebell added.

Gore was on a panel at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland last week titled “Changing the Climate for Growth and Development.” The panel looked at global development through a “climate lens” and included other world leaders such as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

“Depressing the rate of child mortality, educating girls, empowering women and making fertility management ubiquitously available — so women can choose how many children and the spacing of children — is crucial to the future shape of human civilization,” Gore said on an international panel on global warming last week.

“Africa is projected to have more people than China and India by mid-century; more than China and India combined by end of the century, and this is one of the causal factors that must be addressed,” the failed presidential candidate added."
Gyan said…
Global warming is a proposition about the global averaged temperature.

It is consistent with both greater seasonal fluctuation or lesser.
The snow wasn't a problem. It was that solid sheet of ice in a city with a lot of hills.
Global warming is a proposition about the global averaged temperature.

It is consistent with both greater seasonal fluctuation or lesser.

Everything is consistent with global warming. Therefore, we must act NOW to implement a global carbon-credit exchange off which investment banks can skim commissions and Al Gore and Chris Turney can get their transfer payments.