Video: Government shutdown as winter storm hits

posted at 9:21 am on February 13, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

And it’s not just the federal government that’s shutting down in Washington DC, but the entire city — and for good reason. The infrastructure in the Beltway can barely handle a small snowfall, as the city rarely sees any more than that at one time, but even a metropolitan area like Minneapolis/St. Paul would struggle with eight inches overnight:

As Bloomberg reports, the heavy snowfall extends up and down the eastern US, and power failures have been widespread. If you’re thinking about traveling to the East Coast today, get used to disappointment:

A winter storm that piled as much as 12 inches (30 centimeters) of snow and ice across the U.S. South spread into the Northeast with gusty winds, shutting government offices inWashington and blanketing streets for start of the morning commute.

More than half a million homes and businesses were without power as of 7 a.m., while more than 4,000 flights were canceled around the U.S. Twelve deaths in the South were blamed onthe storm, the Associated Press said. …

The National Weather Service predicted 8 to 12 inches for New York along with wind gusts of 35 miles (56 kilometers) per hour by the time the system moves out tomorrow, while Washington may get 6 to 10 and parts of New Jersey 10 to 14. An ice storm warning was posted for central Georgia as winter weather alerts stretched north to Maine.

Reuters puts the upper projection limit for snowfall at 18 inches, and reports that 13 deaths have been attributed to the storm:

A deadly and intensifying winter storm packing heavy snow, sleet and rain pelted a huge swath of the U.S. East Coast on Thursday, grounding flights and shuttering schools and government offices.

Winter storm warnings and advisories were in place from Georgia up to Maine, and the powerful system could blanket the Atlantic Coast over the next two days with 12 to 18 inches (30 to 46 cms) of snow, said Jared Guyer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. …

About 4,470 domestic and international flights were canceled and another roughly 290 were delayed early on Thursday morning, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware.com.

The storm system, which has dumped heavy snow, sleet and freezing rain from eastern Texas to the Carolinas since Tuesday, was blamed for at least 13 deaths in the Southern region and for knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of customers.

The storm is shifting north, CNN says this morning:

By the weekend, this should subside, but it’s just another episode in a tough winter season. I’ve seen some griping in social media about being a bit wimpy and ordering closures “before the first snowflake falls,” but as some in the South learned the last time, it’s better to get ahead of the storm and keep people off the roads than to wait until it’s too late.  Chick-Fil-A can’t come to everyone’s rescue.


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I’ve got 18 inches in my backyard. It’s been that way for a month. It’s already Toledo’s 3rd snowiest winter. Plus I’ve had my kitchen pipes freeze twice this year. In ten years they’ve only frozen one other time.

Brutal winter.

rbj on February 13, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Al Gore predicted D.C. would be covered by water due to global warming and he was right. It’s covered a foot deep by frozen water.

Wow, that global warming sure is powerful stuff.

No Truce With Kings on February 13, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Freakish weather that shuts down the federal government, that paralyzed the redneck heartland, but nooooooo … there’s no climate change.

Spin, monkeys, spin.

GodlessCommie on February 13, 2014 at 9:31 AM

I’ve seen some griping in social media about being a bit wimpy and ordering closures “before the first snowflake falls,” but as some in the South learned the last time, it’s better to get ahead of the storm and keep people off the roads than to wait until it’s too late.

Eighteen inches isn’t two inches. I was gobsmacked by the total paralysis in Georgia those flurries caused. In Michigan they don’t even think about cancelling school until they know there will be six inches or more on the ground.

NotCoach on February 13, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Freakish weather that shuts down the federal government, that paralyzed the redneck heartland, but nooooooo … there’s no climate change.

Spin, monkeys, spin.

GodlessCommie on February 13, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Parody?

NotCoach on February 13, 2014 at 9:32 AM

I’ve got 18 inches in my backyard. It’s been that way for a month. It’s already Toledo’s 3rd snowiest winter. Plus I’ve had my kitchen pipes freeze twice this year. In ten years they’ve only frozen one other time.

Brutal winter.

rbj on February 13, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Buy some heat tape.

NotCoach on February 13, 2014 at 9:35 AM

NC school has ‘the best school closing announcement in the history of EVER’ [video]
There’s nothing quite like the phrase “snow day” to bring unfathomable joy to the hearts of schoolchildren everywhere. To make them even more excited about staying home, Durham Academy Principal Michael Ulku-Steiner and his deputy recorded a funny parody of “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice to announce the school’s closure.
http://twitchy.com/2014/02/13/n-c-school-has-the-best-school-closing-announcement-in-the-history-of-ever-video/

Durham Academy Weather Announcement
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=HhtqjdUi0nw

DinaRehn on February 13, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Global warming!!

cmsinaz on February 13, 2014 at 9:37 AM

I bought a snow shovel a few years ago but must have misplaced it. I could have used it this morning.

A couple of nice neighbors had shovels, though, and dug out the areas behind my car so I could back out of the parking spot.

I’m able to commute because I live near high traffic/high priority roads. But most of the residents here are stuck for a while.

The roads are nearly empty. The snowplows are at work.

22044 on February 13, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Must be a “Global Warming” conference.in DC this week …

God Bless Al Gore for doing what Boehner hasn’t the guts for- shutting down the Federal government.

M240H on February 13, 2014 at 9:37 AM

So how can we get it to snow perpetually over Washington D.C.?

RAN58 on February 13, 2014 at 9:37 AM

MESSAGE TO WORLD: obama’s America is weak.

Pork-Chop on February 13, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Pro tip: If forecasted to get snow first then freezing rain, don’t shovel the snow.

It’ll be easier to get rid of the ice with a layer snow beneath.

DinaRehn on February 13, 2014 at 9:38 AM

but nooooooo … there’s no climate change.

Spin, carbon credit flimflam commie, spin.

GodlessCommie on February 13, 2014 at 9:31 AM

It’s called weather, and it was supposed to be warmer according to ManBearPig.

Reduced snowfall and less snow cover on the ground could diminish the beneficial insulating effects of snow for vegetation and wildlife, while also affecting water supplies, transportation, cultural practices, travel, and recreation for millions of people

.

Fallon on February 13, 2014 at 9:40 AM

As a former Vermonter, I can relate to getting up early to clear the driveway before heading out – but not anymore! Gonna be in the mid-80′s this weekend, here in Arizona. Pool party anyone?

Hill60 on February 13, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Too bad it doesn’t, won’t slow down government spending or dependency.

Bmore on February 13, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Buncha pu$$ies.

gryphon202 on February 13, 2014 at 9:43 AM

GodlessCommie on February 13, 2014 at 9:31 AM

When you were growing up, did it ever get cold or snow? Oops. Never mind.

Bmore on February 13, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Excellent dina…..MKH neck of the woods

cmsinaz on February 13, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Another Government shutdown??

Those damn tea types…..

:)

Electrongod on February 13, 2014 at 9:45 AM

“The GOP shutdown the government again” said the low-information liberal zombies.

Walter L. Newton on February 13, 2014 at 9:45 AM

GodlessCommie on February 13, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Hmmm, someone needs a vocabulary lesson.

GodlessCommie, look up the word “cyclical”. That is what climate and weather conditions are. They always change. So Climate Change is another term for “NORMAL”.

Who’s tarding again? You are.

tickleddragon on February 13, 2014 at 9:46 AM

“If we don’t stop global warming we are all going to freeze to death”

/ Libtard off

HotAirian on February 13, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Parody?

NotCoach on February 13, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Stupidity.

Bishop on February 13, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Godless Commie is a fool. Carry on.

22044 on February 13, 2014 at 9:46 AM

So did they put the blockades up around the WW2 Memorial on the Mall??

Wouldn’t want vet’s wheelchair getting stuck.

KenInIL on February 13, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Video: Government shutdown as winter storm hits

Oh noes!! A dreaded shutdown of the feral government? How will anyone survive?!

Next snowstorm will probably cause the dreaded debt default, as there will be no one around in Washington to send out the interest checks.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 13, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Too bad that storm can’t hang around and shut down DC for the next 3 years.

GarandFan on February 13, 2014 at 9:48 AM

“DC was forced to shutdown, and there was much rejoicing.”
Yaaaaaaaaaay.

tickleddragon on February 13, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Obviously the weather, if it shut down the gubmint, is nothing but a crazy bird and a hostage taker.

Left_is_Wrong on February 13, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Freakish weather that shuts down the federal government, that paralyzed the redneck heartland, but nooooooo … there’s no climate change.

Spin, monkeys, spin.

GodlessCommie on February 13, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Parody?

NotCoach on February 13, 2014 at 9:32 AM

No. Just a parrot.

fresh air on February 13, 2014 at 9:49 AM

This is why Mother Gaia created snowmobiles.

Bishop on February 13, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Video: Government shutdown as winter storm hits

Not even the Government can escape the wrath of Gorebull Warming.

rukiddingme on February 13, 2014 at 9:50 AM

GodlessCommie on February 13, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Yer silly.

Mimzey on February 13, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Paging Al Gore…… DC has an inconvenient fact for you. About 10 inches of inconvenient facts where I am.

Happy Nomad on February 13, 2014 at 9:51 AM

This is why Mother Gaia created snowmobiles.

Bishop on February 13, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Say…… Don’t those things run on fossil fuel? Surely Mother Gaia would have created solar powered snowmobiles!

Happy Nomad on February 13, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Paging Al Gore…… DC has an inconvenient fact for you. About 10 inches of inconvenient facts where I am.

Happy Nomad on February 13, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Big Al will get back to you, right now he’s doing a few laps in his indoor, heated, Olympic-sized swimming pool.

Bishop on February 13, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Al Gore predicted D.C. would be covered by water due to global warming and he was right. It’s covered a foot deep by frozen water.

Wow, that global warming sure is powerful stuff.

No Truce With Kings on February 13, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Crystallized water, to be specific.

Steve Eggleston on February 13, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Damn Republican snowstorm. Shutting down the government. Hope we can all survive until it gets going again. As Digby O’Dell the Friendly Undertaker used to say on the old radio show “Life of Riley”——I’ll be shoveling off!

Herb on February 13, 2014 at 9:56 AM

DC’s been dumping on us for years, so ’bout time they got a taste. Before anyone jumps on the agw band wagon, they should look back to about the ’50s for some weather pattern perspective.

Kissmygrits on February 13, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Say…… Don’t those things run on fossil fuel? Surely Mother Gaia would have created solar powered snowmobiles!

Happy Nomad on February 13, 2014 at 9:52 AM

They’re wind-powered, you homophobe. As you move forward the breeze created turns the windmill mounted on the hood which then powers the track and makes you move forward; designed by some liberal outfit in Cali, I believe.

Read a book sometime, KKK’er.

Bishop on February 13, 2014 at 9:59 AM

As a former Vermonter, I can relate to getting up early to clear the driveway before heading out – but not anymore! Gonna be in the mid-80′s this weekend, here in Arizona. Pool party anyone?

Hill60 on February 13, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Here in West Texas, we’ve been bouncing back and forth between 10 degree lows and 80 degree highs every couple of days … except for this week, when we’re going from the mid-teens to the low 90s in a span of about 72 hours. Great for tissue sales due to head colds, but I preferred a couple of years ago, when it just stayed below 20 degrees for about a week straight in early February, and then winter decided to call it a season.

We were just lucky on Monday and Tuesday that the ice/freezing rain portion of the current winter storm really didn’t get going until it got to North Central Texas, before taking out the Southeastern states on Wednesday.

jon1979 on February 13, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Freakish weather that shuts down the federal government, that paralyzed the redneck heartland, but nooooooo … there’s no climate change.
 
Spin, monkeys, spin.
 
GodlessCommie on February 13, 2014 at 9:31 AM

 
It’s pretty impressive how they wrote their inclement weather policies years and years ago.
 
What’s with the “monkeys” comment regarding the South, btw?

rogerb on February 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Must be the TEA Parties fault. Those dirty rotten obstructionists.

Grunt on February 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Wow, that global warming sure is powerful stuff.
No Truce With Kings on February 13, 2014 at 9:29 AM

… there’s no climate change.
Spin, monkeys, spin.
GodlessCommie on February 13, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Global warming!!
cmsinaz on February 13, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Must be a “Global Warming” conference.in DC this week …
God Bless Al Gore for doing what Boehner hasn’t the guts for- shutting down the Federal government.
M240H on February 13, 2014 at 9:37 AM

So Climate Change is another term for “NORMAL”.
Who’s tarding again? You are.
tickleddragon on February 13, 2014 at 9:46 AM

You’re all a bit dense, aren’t you? Are you really so dumb that you think ”I looked outside, and it was snowing, therefore, there is no climate change”? Climate change doesn’t eradicate snow; it simply makes weather more extreme at all ends of the spectrum. And a warmer climate overall means more moisture in the air. In winter that means more snow. It’s called science. Look it up.

lostmotherland on February 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM

You’re all a bit dense, aren’t you?
 
lostmotherland on February 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM

 
Good to see you, Gerry.

rogerb on February 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM

GodlessCommie on February 13, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Parody?

NotCoach on February 13, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Socialist Rag People’s World: We Need “Cyborg Socialism” To Save Planet From Global Warming…
Toward cyborg socialism – People’s World
And so I cringe a bit at the term ecosocialism – it’s too earth-toned. What we need is a cyborg socialism that points not to the primacy of ecology, but to the integration of natural and social, organic and industrial, ecological and technological; that recognizes human transformations of the natural world without simply asserting domination over it.
http://weaselzippers.us/173496-socialist-rag-peoples-world-we-need-cyborg-socialism-to-save-planet-from-global-wamring/

DinaRehn on February 13, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Wouldn’t it be interesting to know what the thermostat setting is where the Obysmals are living currently?

onlineanalyst on February 13, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Oh, and before you start crowing on about the “less snow” USA Today article, take a deep breath and think about what the article is actually saying (not what you think you know what it’s saying). LONG TERM TRENDS PEOPLE!!

lostmotherland on February 13, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Was algore giving a global warming speech there? Always happens when allgore comes to town

jaywemm on February 13, 2014 at 10:02 AM

lostmotherland on February 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Global warming ‘pause’ may last for 20 more years and Arctic sea ice has already started to recover
The 17-year pause in global warming is likely to last into the 2030s and the Arctic sea ice has already started to recover, according to new research.

A paper in the peer-reviewed journal Climate Dynamics – by Professor Judith Curry of the Georgia Institute of Technology and Dr Marcia Wyatt – amounts to a stunning challenge to climate science orthodoxy.

Not only does it explain the unexpected pause, it suggests that the scientific majority – whose views are represented by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – have underestimated the role of natural cycles and exaggerated that of greenhouse gases.
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/11/02/article-2485612-1927936900000578-580_634x534.jpg
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2485772/Global-warming-pause-20-years-Arctic-sea-ice-started-recover.html

DinaRehn on February 13, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Read a book sometime, KKK’er.

Bishop on February 13, 2014 at 9:59 AM

I am not a member of the Killary Klinton Klub.

Happy Nomad on February 13, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Good to see you, Gerry.

rogerb on February 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Heh
Toure’s in the house

22044 on February 13, 2014 at 10:03 AM

I WANT MY MOMMY

lostmotherland on February 13, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Edited for accuracy :)

22044 on February 13, 2014 at 10:03 AM

lostmotherland on February 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM

How do you explain the wilder-than-now weather of the 1930s? Or, for that matter, Greenland a millennium ago?

There’s always been climate change, it’s just that 99 percent of it is due to solar and volcanic activity, and the EPA can’t take Sol or Krakatoa to federal court for their environmental transgressions.

jon1979 on February 13, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Climate change doesn’t eradicate snow; it simply makes weather more extreme at all ends of the spectrum. And a warmer climate overall means more moisture in the air. In winter that means more snow. It’s called science. Look it up.

lostmotherland on February 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Agreed.

I looked up “science” and found a little blurb which stated that my home state was once covered by a glacier which then receded and left behind some 20,000 lakes.

Of course that glacier receded 10,000 years ago, more than likely because the Cro-Magnons couldn’t understand that their SUV emissions were the main cause.

You think Al Gore had an ancient ancestor who ran around screeching about global warming while living the high life he would deny to others?

Bishop on February 13, 2014 at 10:05 AM

The center of the earth is very hot…several millions of degrees.
-Al Gore, science!

Murphy9 on February 13, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Spin, monkeys, spin.

GodlessCommie on February 13, 2014 at 9:31 AM

…racist!

KOOLAID2 on February 13, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Went to bed at midnight last night. It had been snowing for a couple of hours and we had about an inch or maybe two of new snow on the ground. (Still had 3 or 4 inches of frozen snow from the last couple of storms. I can’t remember the last time it was above freezing here.) By 8am, we’ve got about 14 inches or so. They were saying it was going to be heavy, wet snow, but this is really powdery with some drifting. I’m in Westminster, Maryland – about 30 miles northwest of Baltimore.

BKeyser on February 13, 2014 at 10:08 AM

It’s called weather, and it was supposed to be warmer according to ManBearPig.

Fallon on February 13, 2014 at 9:40 AM

All we in Dallas got out of this storm was a little light snow and ice. I asked my 12yo daughter if she knew who Al Gore is. She said no. I told her that back in the 90′s, he predicted kids her age would not know what snow looked like. We both had a big laugh about that.

Occams Stubble on February 13, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Oh, and before you start crowing on about the “less snow” USA Today article, take a deep breath and think about what the article is actually saying (not what you think you know what it’s saying). LONG TERM TRENDS PEOPLE!!

lostmotherland on February 13, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Again, complete agreement.

At the first Earth Day celebration, in 1969, environmentalist Nigel Calder warned, “The threat of a new ice age must now stand alongside nuclear war as a likely source of wholesale death and misery for mankind.”

The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age. — Kenneth Watt, Ecologist

Robert Hansen said D.C. would be underwater in 20 years, he proclaimed that in 1988.

You a funny guy.

Bishop on February 13, 2014 at 10:09 AM

LONG TERM TRENDS PEOPLE!!
 
lostmotherland on February 13, 2014 at 10:02 AM

 
How many years, lostmotherland?

rogerb on February 13, 2014 at 10:10 AM

You’re all a bit dense, aren’t you? Are you really so dumb that you think ”I looked outside, and it was snowing, therefore, there is no climate change”? Climate change doesn’t eradicate snow; it simply makes weather more extreme at all ends of the spectrum. And a warmer climate overall means more moisture in the air. In winter that means more snow. It’s called science. Look it up.

lostmotherland on February 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM

You know what I like about you lostbrainmatter? I just post the following and we all laugh and dismiss you as a result:

How do you think Ted Cruz became a Senator?

Gerrymandering.

lostmotherland on October 17, 2013 at 1:39 PM

NotCoach on February 13, 2014 at 10:11 AM

BKeyser on February 13, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Nice town. The German bakery on Main Street there makes a fine Stolen. ; )

Bmore on February 13, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Sweat boy, sweat!

Bmore on February 13, 2014 at 10:15 AM

As a former Vermonter, I can relate to getting up early to clear the driveway before heading out – but not anymore! Gonna be in the mid-80′s this weekend, here in Arizona. Pool party anyone?

Hill60

Here in the White Mountains of AZ we have had hardly any snow this winter. I haven’t worn my snow suit or snow boots or even used the snow shovel. Unfortunately, that means we’re gonna probably have a bad fire season this year. We went through the Rodeo-Chedeski fire and evacuation in ’02 and do not want to do that again. Enjoy your mid-80s, Hill60 (you’re in the Valley, right?).

oldsquid on February 13, 2014 at 10:15 AM

You’re all a bit dense, aren’t you? Are you really so dumb that you think ”I looked outside, and it was snowing, therefore, there is no climate change”? Climate change doesn’t eradicate snow; it simply makes weather more extreme at all ends of the spectrum. And a warmer climate overall means more moisture in the air. In winter that means more snow. It’s called science. Look it up.

lostmotherland on February 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Okay. You had me going for a second. That is an outstanding lampoon of a wild-eyed AGW acolyte.

yaedon on February 13, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Spin, monkeys, spin.

GodlessCommie on February 13, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Pearl Clutcher. Lolz!

Bmore on February 13, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Oh, and before you start crowing on about the “less snow” USA Today article, take a deep breath and think about what the article is actually saying (not what you think you know what it’s saying). LONG TERM TRENDS PEOPLE!!

lostmotherland on February 13, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Oh! You’re serious. Dear me…heh.

yaedon on February 13, 2014 at 10:22 AM

NotCoach on February 13, 2014 at 10:11 AM

LOLZ! I wasn’t around here back then..

He/she/it must have gotten one of them FANCY degrees us pre fed-ed rednecks can only dream of.

fresh air on February 13, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Nice town. The German bakery on Main Street there makes a fine Stolen. ; )

Bmore on February 13, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Yes. :)

BKeyser on February 13, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Snow is white and shuts down the government lead by a black man. The GOP os mostly white and wants to shut down the government led by a black man. Ergo, this snowstorm is clearly racist.

Huckabye-Romney on February 13, 2014 at 10:31 AM

and as for the typos (lead, os)…the science is settled so there are no typos. Racist snow.

Huckabye-Romney on February 13, 2014 at 10:32 AM

For you lostyourmfnmind.

Wasteland!

MontanaMmmm on February 13, 2014 at 10:32 AM

You’re all a bit dense, aren’t you? Are you really so dumb that you think ”I looked outside, and it was snowing, therefore, there is no climate change”? Climate change doesn’t eradicate snow; it simply makes weather more extreme at all ends of the spectrum. And a warmer climate overall means more moisture in the air. In winter that means more snow. It’s called science. Look it up.

lostmotherland on February 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM

How many carbon credits do you own?

And why are you using a device made from fossil fuels and likely powered by electricity created by burning a carbon sourced material.

And why don’t you live up to the standards you wish to impose on others?

Why do you hate mother earth so much?

Why are you such an idiot?

Why don’t you know what gerrymandering is?

Why can’t you find your motherland?

So many questions.

HumpBot Salvation on February 13, 2014 at 10:36 AM

“You’re all a bit dense, aren’t you? “

Al . . . Al Gore. Does my heart good to see you on Hot Air. Now read and start absorbing, rather than reflexively rejecting what disagrees with your religious beliefs.

No Truce With Kings on February 13, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Huckabye-Romney on February 13, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Dog Eater will use his magic pen to mandate that snow must now be a dark brown color when it falls.

Bishop on February 13, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Funny how when federal employees get a snow day, nobody in the media is screaming about how the government shutdown is going to affect so, so many people. The only time a government shutdown matters to the media and to the power elite in Washington is when they can blame it on conservatives.

rokemronnie on February 13, 2014 at 10:42 AM

This government shutdown will no doubt be blamed on the GOP.

Pardonme on February 13, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Bishop on February 13, 2014 at 10:40 AM

And Eric Holder will open an investigation into this saying:…”in things meteorological, snow has always been and I believe continues to be, in too many ways, essentially a precipitation of cowards,”

Huckabye-Romney on February 13, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Freakish weather that shuts down the federal government, that paralyzed the redneck heartland, but nooooooo … there’s no climate change.

Spin, monkeys, spin.

GodlessCommie on February 13, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Yep, you’re right of course. It’s never been like this before. In all my years this is absolutely the mostest, worstest, snowiest, coldest, most differentenst winter I’ve ever seen. Well except the one in 1948/49 and the one in 1951 then there was that one in 1962 and of course that really bad one in 1965, now that was a bad one that one. The one in 1967 wasn’t too bad for me I spent that one in the South China sea. It only got cold when we traveled North up close to Haiphong, chilly up there well except for where all them bombs was falling then in 1968 it got really really cold in Northern California and a lot worse in the heartland. The one in 1976 was really cold along the Eastern seaboard too, everything froze up and then again in 1978 feet of snow then not inches. Got a lot of snow and freezing in 1983 too East Coast socked in and shut down for several days. Of course 1986 was really bad too whole East Coast shut down for about a week, really bad that one. But you’re right other than those few this one is the BADDEST ever. Never seen anything like it myself. Gotta be global whatchamacallit or something, you know something like WINTER.

Oldnuke on February 13, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Freakish weather that shuts down the federal government, that paralyzed the redneck heartland, but nooooooo … there’s no climate change.

Spin, monkeys, spin.

GodlessCommie

Considering no one ever said the climate doesn’t change other than morons chasing strawmen, I’d say you’re the spinning monkey.

xblade on February 13, 2014 at 11:01 AM

I’m pretty sure Lostmotherland is actually Bishop letting loose his excellent inner satire.

hopeful on February 13, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Obama is coming out here to Fresno tomorrow afternoon.Hope Andrews is snowed in, let him stay there.

jeffinsjvca on February 13, 2014 at 11:33 AM

but nooooooo … there’s no climate change.

Spin, monkeys, spin.

GodlessCommie on February 13, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Nobody ever said there wasn’t “CLIMATE CHANGE”, nancy-boy. The CLIMATE changes all the time.

What we said is that THERE’S NO ANTHROPOGENIC GLOBAL WARMING. AND THERE ISN’T.

So, spin, little monkey. Spin on

(btw; Isn’t “monkey” racist, perfesser?)

Solaratov on February 13, 2014 at 11:45 AM

I’ve got maybe 6-8 inches here in central VA, but we have excellent snow removal services…the main roads should be cleared by mid afternoon. Not totally clear, but should be drivable if you had to get out. They started plowing about 8 last night.

scalleywag on February 13, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Gonna be in the mid-80′s this weekend, here in Arizona. Pool party anyone?

Hill60 on February 13, 2014 at 9:41 AM

You realize that that’s not the way to win friends and influence people, don’t you.

We all hate you now.

// ;-)

Solaratov on February 13, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Freakish weather that shuts down the federal government, that paralyzed the redneck heartland, but nooooooo … there’s no climate change.

Spin, monkeys, spin.

GodlessCommie

Even the trolls have stopped calling it global warming, haha.

Caiwyn on February 13, 2014 at 11:51 AM

D*mn those obstructionist Rethuglicans.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 13, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Winter..?

d1carter on February 13, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Say…… Don’t those things run on fossil fuel? Surely Mother Gaia would have created solar powered snowmobiles!

Happy Nomad on February 13, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Unless……Mother Gaia also created fossil fuel deposits for Mankind to use…to run snowmobiles.

Solaratov on February 13, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Crystallized water, to be specific.

Steve Eggleston on February 13, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Ooohh, crystals. How New Age spiritual.

Solaratov on February 13, 2014 at 11:56 AM

You’re all a bit dense, aren’t you? Are you really so dumb that you think ”I looked outside, and it was snowing, therefore, there is no climate change”? Climate change doesn’t eradicate snow; it simply makes weather more extreme at all ends of the spectrum. And a warmer climate overall means more moisture in the air. In winter that means more snow. It’s called science. Look it up.

lostmotherland on February 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM

So…what happened to GLOBAL WARMING?

We’re all supposed to be living in the desert right now – except, of course for the costal cities that are underwater (because the polar ice caps have melted).

All of you azzclowns have stopped yammering about AGW and gone to “climate change”, as though the climate isn’t constantly changing. You guys are going to have to figure out a new scam. AGW has crashed and burned – and nobody’s buying plain old “climate change.

Maybe you should try something a bit simpler, like “Asian Hissing Roaches” or “Killer Bee Invasions”.

Solaratov on February 13, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Freakish weather that shuts down the federal government, that paralyzed the redneck heartland, but nooooooo … there’s no climate change.

Spin, monkeys, spin.

GodlessCommie on February 13, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Parody?

NotCoach on February 13, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Libfreeordie under another name. So, pretty close.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 13, 2014 at 12:05 PM

You’re all a bit dense, aren’t you? Are you really so dumb that you think ”I looked outside, and it was snowing, therefore, there is no climate change”? Climate change doesn’t eradicate snow; it simply makes weather more extreme at all ends of the spectrum. And a warmer climate overall means more moisture in the air. In winter that means more snow. It’s called science. Look it up.

lostmotherland on February 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Hey lost … did you ever hear of the Donner Party? No, it wasn’t a Superbowl related event … it was the winter of 1846 – 47. Do you know when and where the coldest temperature ever recorded in the lower 48 was? Try 1954, in Roger’s Pass, Montana. Extreme weather has been with us always, and always will be. Unfortunately, so will fools like you …

r27cj on February 13, 2014 at 12:08 PM

due for 14 or so ” and then 1/4 ice on top of it.
no biggie, Feb weather here.

dmacleo on February 13, 2014 at 12:20 PM

1. Most of the people who believe in the GW koolaid are young and haven’t been around long enough to have seen any more than one or 2 weather cycles..

2. Why do these people sound so frantically irrational?

3. Weather goes in cycles.

4. I hate snow. I paint farmland landscapes and my favorite time to take photos is in Feb., March and April before everything starts to green up. The fields are clean and the trees are bare.

crankyoldlady on February 13, 2014 at 12:38 PM

You’re all a bit dense, aren’t you? Are you really so dumb that you think ”I looked outside, and it was snowing, therefore, there is no climate change”? Climate change doesn’t eradicate snow; it simply makes weather more extreme at all ends of the spectrum. And a warmer climate overall means more moisture in the air. In winter that means more snow. It’s called science. Look it up.

toure on February 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM

“Science” also at one time told us that the Earth was the center of the solar system, and that the Earth was flat.

F-

Del Dolemonte on February 13, 2014 at 1:54 PM

LONG TERM TRENDS PEOPLE!!

toure on February 13, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Here’s a long term trend for ya, Skippy:

Between 2000 and 2012, your Democrat Party increased its share of the high school dropout vote from 61% to 80%. You’re proof positive they’re succeeding.

D+

Del Dolemonte on February 13, 2014 at 1:55 PM

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