Mention to someone that you are from Buffalo, NY and the immediate reaction is: WINTER, SNOW, COLD. While it is true that we get snow and cold, so does 2/3 of the continental U.S. It’s called winter. Heck, Syracuse, NY, 3 hours due east on the NYS Thruway from Buffalo gets more snow every year than we do. Visiting athletes from balmy wintertime cities like Boston and NY always like to take shots at our weather. If you want cold, try Canada. What do you think it’s like in say Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, or Ottawa in January? And Green Bay has taken on a mythical mystique in winter ever since Ray Scott ( the late, great sports announcer for CBS ) referred to Lambeau Field as “the frozen tundra” during the infamous Ice Bowl playoff game between the Pack and the Cowboys in ’67. ( Quick Cowboy fans, who was the Dallas QB? )
So I laugh when ever I hear some out-of-towner, who’s here for one day, takes his verbal shot at our city. Go ahead, we can take it. But 2 things continue to feed this perception. The people who are born here and have never lived anywhere else and our local news stations, in particular the weather departments of those stations.
First the locals. I always chuckle when I hear them grumble and complain about the snow and cold and how they are moving to Florida or somewhere else down south to get away from our weather. The problem these folks have is their view of Florida is always how the weather is in January when they leave 20 degree Buffalo and 4 hours later they land in 65 degree Orlando, Tampa, or Miami. To make a fair comparison go there in July when I’m golfing in humid-less 73 degrees with a slight breeze wafting to keep me cooled off here in Buffalo and it’s 90+ degrees in Florida or any other place south of the Mason-Dixon line, with humidity so heavy that your underwear is plastered to your body. Better yet spend the whole summer working outside everyday and see if you think it’s still so great. Go ahead, move.
Now to the local weather coverage. Giving the weather report is like watching paint dry. What’s the high and low temp going to be and will it rain or snow or will the sun be shining? That’s all I really care about. All the charts and diagrams and doppler readings are just techn0-fluff. So now we need to spice up the weather reports. No longer is Accu-weather good enough. Now we have Warn Weather and my personal favorite, Storm Team 2 Weather. They live and pray for a storm so they can lead off the news at 6 and 11 plus give updates every 10 minutes. When radar indicates a storm is approaching with 5 of 10 inches of snow, the weather guy almost wets himself giving the report. Calm down dude, it’s winter time! Besides, half the time it never is as bad as all their technology predicts.
Now if we could get these storm team weather guys to move south!!
only in Buffalo….