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lara's science corner: [Jan. 6th, 2004|02:23 pm]
Just me.
Einstein is said to have explained relativity thus:

"When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute, and it's longer than any hour. That's relativity."

Another example of relativity: In Seattle, this is enough snow to close libraries and schools:

Snow Picture behind the cut (worksafe, just big)

lara's guide to snow depth, as learned in the midwest:

1) severe snow: you can't even see the garage from your back door.
2) moderately severe snow: you can't enter the garage unless you shovelled first, especially if the door opens outwards
3) a lot of snow: the demarcation between the sidewalk and the deck is invisible
4) snow: see photo.

In Buffalo, what we have now is probably known as "Spring".

Don't get me wrong, I'm glad I'm not driving in it, and I'm more than happy to be home today for a full day's pay in the interest of public safety. But come on people, this is not stock up on a week's worth of groceries level snow. This is "try not to drive in it" snow.

It is pretty, though.

From: (Anonymous)
2004-01-06 12:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've been through upstate NY winters, but the amount of hills and the fact that there are NO PLOWS here makes the roads harder to drive on.
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[User Picture]From: rimrunner
2004-01-06 02:04 pm (UTC)
I saw way too many people who shouldn't have been trying to drive in the snow. One car on I-5 was ON FIRE.

I just wish UW had decided to cancel classes at 8am, not at 12:30pm. I got a lot of reading done, and the walk up Highland Park Way was pretty, but 8 hours out to attend 2 hours of classes is a bit much. (Yeah, okay, I went to a bar, as long as I was there anyway.)
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[User Picture]From: holyoutlaw
2004-01-06 08:23 pm (UTC)
I've been here long enough that I can tell recent emigres from snowier climes by how they sneer at Seattleite reactions to a relatively small amount of snow.

I still find it amusing myself but I like the fact the city shuts down completely for a snow that wouldn't even slow down Minneapolis or Chicago.

It is embarassing, though, when I go back to the Midwest and panic over an insignificant dusting in front of my family. Hah!
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[User Picture]From: lemur68
2004-01-06 09:55 pm (UTC)
That's actually more than we've gotten here thus far, though February is usually when we get bum rushed with snow. Right now there's a covering of the fine wispy stuff that was just heavy enough to keep me driving 30mph off the interstates on the way home tonight.
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[User Picture]From: kickmule
2004-01-09 06:19 am (UTC)
Here in the DC region we got a dusting, may amount to 1" in the end. Still, the roads get treacherous. Some SUV driver went through the MetroRail fence and onto the Orange Line tracks, shutting that end of the line down awhile. She probably would have done it anyway, though.
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