It has been brought to my attention that the East Coast and Midwest are being absolutely pounded by winter storms. Weather.com is reporting that 100 million people will be affected. In Chicago "this may be the biggest snowstorm the city has ever seen." Forecasts call for more than 24 inches of snow, with snow totals possibly surpassing those of the 1967 and 1979 blizzards. A record 23 inches of snow fell during the 1967 blizzard. An ice storm struck the Dallas metro area, closing schools and snarling traffic. A foot of snow is expected in St. Louis.
If that weren't enough, reading news reports you'd think it was the end of the world as we know it. According to weather reports, "the system will increasingly target the Midwest through tonight and the Northeast Wednesday bringing more of the same: blizzard conditions, heavy snow, damaging ice and some rain. In the South, blizzard conditions linger in Oklahoma while severe thunderstorms race eastward from the lower Mississippi Valley to Alabama and western Florida today."
CNN.com, the new tabloid of mainstream media, is also claiming armageddon-like conditions: "wind-whipped snow twisted like a frozen dust devil across a vast swath of the nation on Tuesday, blinding motorists, closing airports and even complicating the travel plans of football fans headed to this weekend's Super Bowl."
Not in Hawaii. We may have earthquakes and oozing volcanoes, but damn it, we don't get blizzards. However, I am starting to buy into the end of the world theory. We have gotten some ridiculous weather here, too. A cold front moved in last night and it's supposed to dip into the low 70s this week! Last night, I actually had to sleep under my sheets! It was freezing! Close to 64 degrees. Now, I was explaining this to a law school friend who used to live in Hawaii. He is currently a public defender in Boston where, I'm told, they have already received 60+ inches of snow this winter. He sent me this youtube video that pretty much perfectly sums up Hawaiian weather and everyone's feelings about it. It's pretty hilarious.