Snowmageddon Stops Business In D.C. Better Than Any Filibuster
While Utah may be home to the greatest snow on Earth, this weekend it would probably have to concede that title to Washington, D.C. – at least in terms of quantity, if not quality.
This weekend D.C. experienced its heaviest snowfall since 1922, with President Obama referring to it as “snowmageddon.” Given that this much snow is so rare on the East Coast, many municipalities lack the resources to appropriately address it (the way, say, Utah does). The weather disrupted many government operations, businesses, and public transportation as locals hunkered down to spend the weekend at home – many losing power or other necessities. Salt Lake Tribune star reporter, Tommy Burr, posted on Facebook that “My blackberry is a casualty of #snowmaggedon. Suits me right for trying to help shovel out a stranger's stuck car.”
Most local LDS Church services were canceled because of the snowpocalypse (given that meeting houses are not generally within walking distance as is typically the case in Utah) and members were encouraged to conduct impromptu meetings at home.
While the snow-nami brought the city’s business to the proverbial screeching halt, many have found ways to enjoy the unusual amount of powder, such as the 2,000 people who spontaneously gathered in Dupont Circle on Saturday for a snowball fight. (The Washington Post has terrific video of it here.)
Frequent readers of Utah Policy may expect to hear a few snide remarks about global warming at this point (like the one I made here or here), but this much snow pretty much speaks for itself.