The PJ Tatler

What If They Gave a Snowstorm and Nobody Came?


A howling blizzard with wind gusts over 70 mph heaped snow on Boston along with other stretches of lower New England and Long Island on Tuesday but failed to live up to the hype in Philadelphia and New York City, where buses and subways started rolling again in the morning.

Gary Szatkowski, meteorologist-in-charge at the National Weather Service in Mt. Holly, New Jersey, apologized on Twitter for the snow totals being cut back. “My deepest apologies to many key decision makers and so many members of the general public,” Szatkowski tweeted. “You made a lot of tough decisions expecting us to get it right, and we didn’t. Once again, I’m sorry.”

Meanwhile… a travel ban? In New York and New Jersey… in January? What the hell is this country coming to?

Officials launched a vigorous defense of the blanket travel bans and rail closures, saying it had been prudent to protect lives, protect equipment and get services back to normal more quickly. “You plan the best you can and you lead toward safety,” Cuomo said, adding that he had no estimates for loss of business. “It may actually have brought us back to full operating capacity sooner but I do not criticize weather forecasters. I learn.”

Coastal Massachusetts got a snootful, but then it always does whenever a nor’easter strikes.

Well, at least both masters and peons will be ready for martial law whenever the next “emergency” arises. Honestly, it makes me ashamed to be an American. And it ought to make you ashamed, too.