Not again

Brian Golden

Unfortunately, those who make their living forecasting the weather have a nearly impossible task – accurately predicting something that’s relatively unpredictable on an hourly, daily and weekly basis. It can’t be easy knowing that, nine times out of ten, you’re going to be wrong, even if it’s only by a couple of degrees or a few inches of precipitation. And then there are storms like last night’s, which continues to dump snow on our fair city, leading to a state of emergency and the closure of all roads (at least until noon).

Yet it’s really not their fault, these forecasters. From hurricanes to floods, tornadoes to violent thunderstorms, the weather is a fairly complex system (to put it mildly) when you get right down to it.

This most recent storm of ours is a great example of this.

Sunday night, when I took a moment to peruse the climatic situation from the shelter of my front porch, I realized the powers that be weren’t kidding when they said we could expect 10 to 12 inches of the fluffy white stuff. So, planning accordingly, I set my alarm an hour early (4:30 a.m. to be precise). With weather predictions foretelling that the snow would dwindle to flurries around midnight, I figured it was probably in my best interest to get up and around a little early, grab the old snow shovel and perform some preliminary sidewalk clearing.

I should’ve known better and stayed in bed.

No, as it happens, the snow didn’t taper off around midnight. Instead, it just kept on coming throughout the evening and into the morning hours. As for my efforts at cleaning up the walk a bit before getting ready for work, let’s just say I had no such luck. After an hour of grunting, sweating and shoveling, I’d barely made a dent. And thanks to the gusting winds, any area I successfully cleared was snow-covered once again almost immediately. As I said, I really should know better after three-plus decades of winters here in Chenango County.

So now, as lunchtime rolls around on this particularly snowy Monday, I suppose I’ll head over to my apartment and attempt some snow removal once again. The snow seems to have lessened considerably at this point and the sun is even trying to make an appearance. And to think that, just last week, most of this year’s accumulated snowfall had melted off, a tantalizing tease that spring was just around the corner. Unfortunately, it seems we’re still stuck in the midst of winter, at least for a little while longer. You’d think we’d be used to it by now, those of us who’ve spent years – not to mention decades – dealing with our area’s well-known winter weather.

This reporter, however, is more than ready for some warmer weather. Personally speaking, it just can’t come soon enough.