[Ads-l] I want to coin "blizzicane" > "NoMaggedon"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Wed Jan 28 00:46:37 UTC 2015


At 1/27/2015 02:31 PM, Geoffrey Steven Nathan wrote:
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>My buddy Nick Gillespie goes one better: 'Nomaggeddon':
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>http://time.com/3684405/can-we-all-shut-up-about-the-weather-for-a-while/

Your buddy Nick Gillespie is being parochial, having confined his 
vision to New York City and State.  The blizzicane of 2015 is 
currently one of the top three to eight greatest storms in snow depth 
in Massachusetts's recorded weather history, and in some places it is 
still snowing.

In New England everyone talks about the weather ... and they began to 
write about it in 1631.  This storm brings back memories of the 
"Great Snow of 1717", which broke the mechanism of the puppet-show in 
Hawthorne's sketch "Main-street", and which, in the words of David M. 
Ludlum, "over the years [has] provided a conversation piece whenever 
a heavy snowstorm came along."  Show depths then were three to four 
feet on the level.  We are equaling that now in some locations.

Joel


>but now I see it's also a hashtag... Gotta move quick around here.
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> > "Blizzicane" -- "A storm that qualifies both as a blizzard and as a=
> > hurricane."
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> > The Northeast blizzicane of 2015 will probably qualify.
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> > As a blizzard according to the three criteria of=20
> > the U.S. National Weather Service -- "a snow=20
> > storm [that] must have sustained winds or=20
> > frequent gusts that are greater than or equal to=20
> > 56 km/h (35 mph) with blowing or drifting snow=20
> > which reduces visibility to 400 m or 0.25 mi or=20
> > less and must last for a prolonged period of=20
> > time=97typically three hours or more" [Wikipedia, "Blizzard"].
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> > As a hurricane according to the Beaufort scale,=20
> > level 12+ -- a North Atlantic "Category 1=20
> > hurricane", with winds above 70 mph at several=20
> > places on Cape Cod and probably also Nantucket.
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> > Joel
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