Who's flinty now?
By Michael Tobin
Last year, Chicagoans Barack Obama and David Axelrod issued dismissive remarks concerning Washington’s supposedly fearful and weak response to weather that is yawningly commonplace in more rugged climes. Mr. Axelrod went so far as to scoff that D.C.’s December snowfall would have been a “dusting” in the Windy City.
Such comments not only reveal an attitude of empty bluster, they demonstrate a profound lack of climatological knowledge.
The heaviest snowfall ever recorded in Chicago ended on Jan. 27, 1967, when 23 inches fell — hardly in another league compared with the District. Chicago has received no more than 12 inches in any one storm during this century. It seems tales of walls of snow are figments of these transplanted Chicago imaginations.
Furthermore, Chicago is flat and relatively easy to plow and navigate during its diminutive storms. All of us in the D.C. area would sigh at the ease with which we could weather a Chicago snowstorm.
| February 15, 2010; 10:05 AM ET
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