It’s January, it’s winter

Saw a great quote in today’s Times Dispatch from NWS meteorologist Tim Gingrich, when being quizzed by the reporter about our recent weather:   His take on things… “It’s January, and it’s cold”, “It’s winter”

Words of common sense, for sure.  Temperatures here lately have certainly been cold, but far from extreme for Virginia for this time of year.

Plus, now with the mention of a skiff of snow in the forecast for late Thursday, you would think a blizzard is coming based on some of the chatter I’ve seen on the web.

Maybe it’s time for all of us to step back  for a minute and put things in perspective.

*by Jim Duncan

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12 Responses to It’s January, it’s winter

  1. Sean says:

    I don’t know if the hype is unwarranted, we’ve had some pretty mild winters the past few years.

    P.S.- it’s looking good again for an inch of snow by Friday morning. “According to my sources” http://www.easternuswx.com/bb/index.php?showtopic=218667

  2. Snowman says:

    Snow! Did someone say snow??…

  3. kristinrosemoon says:

    Maybe some of us just really like snow and living around here we barely see it! So we get a little excited whenever there is the possibility we might see more than a flurry or two.

  4. James says:

    Yes, this reminds me in mid-July, when it seems folks hype up the heat and humidity around here. But I suppose when nothing else is making news, why not get as much mileage out of the ordinary stuff…

  5. Andy says:

    Great post and something everyone needs to keep in mind. May I also suggest that it’s the news anchors across the desk from the meteorologists that often help to add to the hysteria and over reaction? Like having field reports pick up minuscule amounts of snow from the sides of major roadways… 😀

  6. Phil Riggan says:

    I visited Forest Hill Park today and had a great walk. The recently repaired lake is almost frozen and Reedy Creek has tons of frozen spots. Beautiful. See my blog for the photos (click my name).

    Let’s add some more snow to this and get a winterwonderland all over again!

  7. Tina says:

    I like the skiff calculations…..but around Greensville County….every time Jim mentions the word “snow”…..there is a flood of nuts headed to the grocery store for bread and milk……and then we barely have any snow and the same aforementioned nuts are out on the road trying to car sled…..

  8. joe says:

    Bummer! I was hoping for a decent snow to go along with all this cold air!

  9. Mighty Dyckerson says:

    This is just the beginning. I think we’re on the verge of a major climate shift!

  10. Jim B says:

    Seems like good analysis to me, Jim. But how many skiffs make a blizzard? Here is my take:

    10 skiffs = 1 flurry
    10 flurries = 1 snow shower
    10 snow showers = 1 snowstorm
    10 snowstorms = 1 blizzard

    So 10,000 skiffs make a blizzard.

    • nbc12weather says:

      Like the math! This skiff might require some multiplication (more than flurries) based on your chart above.
      Jim D.

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