For the past week the northeast and midwest have been smothered in snowstorms and clamped in sub-freezing temperatures, and of course the Global Warming crowd have been crowing that this is the result of Global Warming -- er, or rather, Climate Change. Uhuh. The idea that excess CO2 in the atmosphere could trap heat and raise temperatures had at least one scientific leg to stand on, but the idea that Global Warming causes Global Cooling is just too bizarre.
Besides, this nasty winter is not "unprecedented"; it's been exactly 35 years -- almost to the day -- since the last Bad Winter, in the same area.
The snow started falling in Chicago on New Year's Day -- and didn't stop until April Fool's Day. A total of 15 feet of snow fell on the city, and it didn't melt off completely until May Day. Most airflights were diverted or cancelled because the airports could keep only a few runways clear. The city had snowplows and salt aplenty, but was overwhelmed by the sheer amount of snow. Plows cleared the main streets, only to have more feet of snow descend the next night. The plows pushed snow up onto the curbs and fairways, until it formed mounds up to ten feet high -- and often buried parked cars. Anyone who could get his/her car out of parking shoveled out their parking-spaces and marked them as private property -- and more than one killing happened over stolen parking-spaces. The buses eventually gave up and stopped running. The El trains managed to run, and every train was packed solid with sturdy Chicagoans getting to their jobs. For local shopping, citizens broke out their skis and skied through the streets. Supply trucks had trouble getting to the grocery stores, and often the waiting shoppers would line up to buy staples straight out of the trucks; these lines were patient and orderly, but heaven help anybody who tried to jump the line.
With the police as snowbound as everyone else, people fell back on their own resources and their own justice. Besides fierce and quick punishments for stealing parking spaces or jumping the food-buying lines, the local folk meted out similar justice to muggers; mobbed them and stuffed them into snowbanks. With most people huddled together at home, or with neighbors to save heat, burglars were quickly caught and tossed out of windows into the snow. One pervert who attacked a little boy was stabbed to death with a 3-foot-long icicle. Neighbors checked on neighbors to make sure nobody was starving or freezing. Often one neighbor was picked as designated driver to make a run to the nearest drugstore to pick up everybody's prescriptions, and everyone else in the building helped dig out the designated car. In one case, 9 neighbors physically lifted a Honda out of a snowbank and push-started it on its way to the store. The whole city became in illustration of the practical decency of the average citizen.
Well, eventually the snow melted away and life went back to normal, and in time people forgot -- unless reminded. Apparently the Global Warming/Climate Change crowd have short memories themselves, or think that everyone else does.
--Leslie <;)))>< )O(