Determining the Best Winter

The weather person is always afraid of the “s” word. If none of the fluffy white stuff falls, snow lovers and school kids complain. If the meteorologist fails to mention the “s” word and flakes appear, snow haters complain. Poor weather guys; they just can’t win. Most of the time, the media takes the first winter storm and runs with it, creating a crisis such as the “snowpocalypse.” Facebook hasn’t helped this problem. It compounds it. Everyone shares and reposts the crazy reports, generating a widespread panic and runs on the grocery stores before they shut down. I am guilty of this, but only when the weather reports are collaborated by multiple reliable sources. So funny. Laughs abound when the overreaction turns out to be correct. Sure, people need to be alerted and prepared for winter storms, especially out here when snow is a rare treat. But do you really need snow tires with the first white flake? No. Just stay home and enjoy it.

As winter sets in, let us consider who really has it best. Having lived on both coasts and a topical island I feel that I am a great judge of what makes a good winter.

The best winter must have snow. But not too much snow. Those of you in northern parts of the eastern united states get way too much. If you have snow for more than four months straight, you have too much snow. If you own your own snowblower, you get too much snow. Yet, places on the west coast or southern parts of the United States do not even get snow. Your winters stink. Yes, we know you live in the warm regions for a reason but what is winter without snow? You freeze your little bikini bottoms off if you go anywhere else.

A great winter must have a clear beginning and a clear ending. Here is where the Northeast takes the lead. Nowhere else will you see a dramatic beginning of winter, the dumping blizzard knocking the brilliantly colored leaves off the tree branches. Nowhere else will you find a refreshing start to spring, marking the end of a long cold dreary winter. Perhaps that is why spring has such a feeling and a clean smell in those states. I love when the temperature warms up and you can hear the snow-melt creating little streams through your yard, running down the street . Or see the green spears of new plants punching through the white crust for a dramatic burst of color. But remember, since you get way too much snow, you can’t win the winter battle. You might win the battle if we were debating changing seasons. But we’re not.

The best winter must not get too cold. Forget temps below 32 degrees. A temperature in the teens is just ridiculous. Don’t even mention below zero temperatures. If you have to plug in your car battery overnight to ensure it starting in the morning, it’s too cold. No, thank you. Winter around the thirties with a few days in the twenties provides a true winter feel without the extremes. Sorry, Canada.

In addition to this, a great winter must have trees to flaunt their snow-covered branches. The branches hold the snow well because a good winter won’t give too much snow. Too much snow makes the piles heavy, which in turns dumps off the tree onto passers-by, leaving the trees in winter nakedness. Good for a laugh but not for a picture. A balanced mix of deciduous and coniferous trees creates the best effect.

Finally, to have the perfect winter, people need to know how to deal with it. This means no idiot drivers trying to do a five point U-turn in front of you. No stupid people going seventy because they are in a four wheel drive while others are driving ten. Large metro buses won’t come sliding down the hill at you. It happens, just look at Seattle in 2008. The entire metro system shut down with one storm! I had to walk two miles back to my hotel after the Nutcracker. Taxis didn’t run and buses were pulled off the streets. Crazy. The sad thing is only areas with tons of snow know how to deal with it. Stupid people still drive in those locales, but the city can respond and handle it. Fleets of snow plows and salt on the roads. Imagine that. Salt. Hey Seattle, I bet salt melts the ice. (Actually, I think Seattle made a switch to a sand and salt mix.)

Dang, this means no one has a perfect winter.

By Trulybst

Pursuing life to its fullest. A woman, a mom, wife, and struggling teacher who knows the importance of treating myself right.

9 replies on “Determining the Best Winter”

This post made me so homesick! I grew up in Upstate NY hating winter, but now that I’m in Philly (especially this year with this ridiculous weather) I actually miss all that snow, the drivers who could handle it, and that whole winter feeling. Your fourth paragraph sums it up perfectly!

Winter is really trolling me this year. I’m a bit northwest of NYC and we had about a foot of snow right before Halloween, and then basically nothing since. We woke up to a very pretty dusting a couple days ago but then it warmed up and rained all day, so it all melted off. Tonight we were planning to run out and get ice cream but discovered it had started to snow and it wasn’t worth driving in the slippery mess. We’re supposed to get a couple inches on Saturday, but then it’ll be 48° and raining again by Monday! My parents got the kiddo a fancy sled for Christmas and I haven’t even put it together yet, much less gotten to take her out in it!
Of course as an ex-Texan who just learned to drive this summer, I haven’t the faintest idea how to drive in snow, so I’m not too upset about the mild winter. It’s just weird!

After that Halloween snowstorm deposited a TREE in my KITCHEN, I’m more than happy about the mild weather we’ve had since then.

Here are my best tips for driving in the snow: 1) Stay in the lines made by the car in front of you whenever possible 2) go as slow as you like and if other people pressure or get angry at you, give them the finger.

IDIOT DRIVERS. OMG. They ruin everything. This includes semi drivers. Just because they do it for a living doesn’t mean they automatically do it well.

But I would have to say, I think Colorado might have the best winters (if it can’t be perfect, it can still be better than the rest). Maybe parts of Utah? Montana?

The Pacific Northwest is definitely out. Even with a few rounds of snow, we’re still bumbling fools in it.

Also, it has been RAINING in Portland all damn day. Rivers are flooding right now and there’s already been a fatality (a small child, no less) :( with the mother still missing. Depressing every which way.

The winter is forbidden til December
And exits March the 2nd, on the dot

I grew up in Colorado and still think they have perfect winters. Plenty of big heavy snowfalls occasionally interrupted by a day or two of 60 degree weather. But I’m a huge fan of snow, so I tend to be biased. And not just a little snow, the kind of snow that can shut down a city, because then you actually get to enjoy it. Of course, that was also more fun before telecommuting became possible.

Now I live in DC and laugh when a few inches is enough to cause a panic. Last year I hated that it was below freezing for a month and this year I’m mad that winter still doesn’t seem to have properly started.

You’re right that there’s no such thing as a perfect winter, weather or not you’re an enthusiast. Unless you live in Camelot. :)

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