Prepare thyself for White Death 2018

The weather people are calling for some brutal winter weather today. The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning for all of Maryland:

..WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM EST FRIDAY... * WHAT...Heavy mixed precipitation expected. Total sleet and snow accumulation of 2 to 5 inches, and ice glaze accumulations of one-quarter inch expected. Elevations above 2000 feet could see ice accumulations exceeding one-half inch. * WHERE...Portions of north central and western Maryland, northwest Virginia and eastern and panhandle West Virginia. * WHEN...Wintry precipitation will continue through 4 AM EST Friday. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Power outages and tree damage are likely due to the ice. Travel could be nearly extremely difficult. The hazardous conditions could impact the Thursday morning and evening commute.

Although I’m a fan of winter weather, I’m not a fan of sleet. It’s the centrist of winter weather. Sleet is not rain and it’s not snow. It’s an unholy, wishy-washy combination of the two.

Today is the first day of Spring, but the snow is falling

According to The Fantasy Art of Frazetta calendar, I bought on clearance a month after New Year’s Day, today is the first day of Spring. With that said, it’s been snowing pretty good here in Hagerstown most of the day. And it’s not supposed to stop until tomorrow.

The warlocks and witches that work at the National Weather Service say we might get eleven inches of white death. They put the odds at 1 in 10. Odds?

Do people bet on the weather?

Even though I’m not very healthy right now, I went out and shoveled off the driveway earlier. I just pushed the snow off to the side. It seemed like only an inch or two of snow.

I’m one of those weirdos who like snow. I like the cold and I like snow. I like watching it fall and I even like driving in it. I’m not into skiing or snowboarding. I tried skiing only once and didn’t care for it. The actual skiing was fun, the not being able to stop when I wanted to part was not fun.

Me whining about the weather makes the national news

I blogged a couple of days ago about how annoying this year’s winter has turned out to be, and it resulted in me being quoted by NBC News. From the article:

Wether you’ve been hit by the polar vortex, punched by an Arctic blast, snowed in, iced over, frozen in place, left powerless or stuck at home, new research confirms it’s been a particularly fierce winter for most of the country, leaving many people in a state of general malaise.

“I normally enjoy all four seasons, but this winter has been mind-numbingly brutal,” said Rick Rottman, who lives in Hagerstown, Md. “I can’t count how many times it’s snowed.”

Mental health experts say they’re hearing much more grumbling about the winter season than usual this year, with patients struggling with lower mood, cabin fever and a sense of hopelessness. And a weather report nicknamed the “misery index” shows they have good reason: The Winter of 2014 is one of the most miserable on record.

Mental health experts?

The phrase “mental health experts” appeared in the article immediately after my quote. It makes me sound crazy, and not the good kind of crazy.

A. Pawlowski, the writer of the article, contacted me on March 4. She said she read my blog post about how miserable this year’s winter is, and she wanted to know what winter has been like for me and how frustrating it’s been. I finished the blog post with, “Winter sucks, and I hate it.”  What more do I need to say? Never to pass up the opportunity to complain to a stranger. I was a Good Guy Greg and complied with her request.

Snow Psychology: Wicked Winter Ups America’s ‘Misery Index’ [NBC News]