FacebookTwitterRedditEmail

On the Blizzard

So the snow has been falling now for a couple of hours. And while it’s coming down pretty well, and there’s a fair degree of accumulation, it’s hardly much more than an inch at present. And they’re predicting what? Something like 30? Well, I’m looking out the window and it’s building, covering more and more ground. We may yet get a couple of feet. Who knows?That said, I walked to the market around 9 AM Monday morning. It wasn’t too bad out on the streets. The thermometer women and men said it was 26 degrees. But it didn’t feel that cold, except when the wind picked up. They say that the wind’ll be intense – gusts of over 60 mph (100 kph). That could knock a whole hell of a lot right down.

I picked up some supplies at the market. I got some candles, should the lights take a dive – like they’ve done out in Pakistan. Did you hear about that? 140 million people – half the country – is without power out there. Of course, when it comes to the issue of political power, there’re far more than that that lack it. Same as out here. But that’s (that latter point) not really news. That’s old news. And old news is oxymoronical. Yes, and new news is tautological. But, ahem, returning to the matter at hand, the weather is always new. Just like the sunrise each day is an actually historical event – reported on and recorded in the annals. Each cloud, as we know, is a new cloud. And each new cloud that freezes will likely crack apart and fall and dust the mountains and the plains with new, fresh snow (or, more or less fresh snow). And as the ice caps and the glaciers continue to melt, unleashing ever more vapor into the hydrosphere, there’s more potential for more and more snow. The forecast for the region, as you most likely know, is a thick blanket of these frozen, fallen clouds. Billions and billions of gallons of snow.

Did you know, by the way, that, on average, 13 inches of snow (which we’re predicted to receive over most of the Northeast) is equivalent to an inch of water?

And did you know that over 27,000 gallons of water are contained (is that the right word?) in an acre covered in an inch of water?

Over 27,000 gallons!

It’s true. And did you know that there are 640 acres in one square mile?

So, let’s calculate: that’s over 17 million, 300,000 gallons of water stored in every square mile covered in 13 inches of snow.

And did you know that the borough of Brooklyn alone has an area comprising over 70 square miles of land?

That means that if an average of 13 inches of snow falls over Brooklyn there’ll be the equivalent of over one billion, two hundred million gallons of water (most of which’ll be dumped into the polluted East River, and into the ocean) deposited on Brooklyn. And that’s only Brooklyn. What about the rest of New York? And Connecticut? And Boston?

That’s a whole hell of a lot of water. Perhaps we should capture all that snow and funnel it into cisterns and save it and pipe it on out to the drought and whatnot as we need it.But no. Instead of seeing this unfolding storm as a godsend, it’s being treated as a nuisance. The streets are being covered with salt – which’ll ruin, by the way, all that potential water, which we desperately need, by the way, here and there. Well… that’s just how it is in these parts.

God bless America.

Elliot Sperber is a writer, attorney, and adjunct professor. He lives in New York City and can be reached at elliot.sperber@gmail.com and on twitter @elliot_sperber

More articles by:

Elliot Sperber is a writer, attorney, and adjunct professor. He lives in New York City and can be reached at elliot.sperber@gmail.com and on twitter @elliot_sperber

bernie-the-sandernistas-cover-344x550
January 23, 2020
Richard Moser
Ten Best Messages for Waging Peace
Thomas S. Harrington
The Catalan Crisis Threatens to Reopen a Debate That the EU’s Power Brokers Thought They Had Long Ago Quashed
Martha Rosenberg
SARS-Like Disease Could Become a Pandemic
Ron Jacobs
A Cesspool of Constitutional Nonsense-Impeachment in the Senate
Gaither Stewart
One Hundred Years: the Proletariat in Search of a Class
Nick Pemberton
Final Phallus
Russell Mokhiber
PBS Public Editor and the Disease of Contempt
Thomas M. Magstadt
The Myth of the Free Market
Mandy Smithberger
How the Military-Industrial Complex Gets Away With Murder in Contract After Contract
Russell Rickford
The Paradox of Populism
Howard Lisnoff
Action Research: Acquiescing to the Awful
George Ochenski
Comes Now the Winter of Our Discontent
Binoy Kampmark
Diminishing Returns: Calculated Misery in Air Travel
Nick Licata
Do Republicans Have More to Lose Than Democrats in the Impeachment Trial?
Dean Baker
The Myth of China’s Population Crisis
John Kendall Hawkins
Steal This Whistle
January 22, 2020
Melvin Goodman
The Media and the Military Mindset
John Davis
The Real Megxit Deal
John O'Kane
The Obama Legacy: Reform Versus Revolution
Kenneth Surin
The “Evolving” Scotty Morrison From Marketing
Martin Billheimer
“The Cops & the Klan Go Hand in Hand!”
Thomas Knapp
Executive Power: Alan Dershowitz’s Imagination Versus the Constitution
Jacob G. Hornberger
Egypt and the Destruction of Civil Liberties in America
Justin Podur
The People of Colombia are Cracking the Walls of War and Authoritarianism
Kelsey Hawkins-Johnson
Our Final Decade to Get Climate Policy Right
Jonah Raskin
Terence Hallinan: Fighter for the People and for the Legalization of Marijuana 
Colin Todhunter
Challenging the Flawed Premise Behind Pushing GMOs into Indian Agriculture
January 21, 2020
Sheldon Richman
Warmonger Cotton Accuses Antiwar Think Tank of Anti-Semitism
John Feffer
Trump Makes Space Great Again
Patrick Cockburn
The US and Iran’s Perpetual Almost-War is Unsustainable – and Will End Badly
James C. Nelson
Another Date That Will Live in Infamy: 10 Years After Citizens United
Robert Fisk
Iran Will be Changed Forever by Admitting Its Great Mistake, Unlike the West Which Ignores Its Own Misdeeds
Dean Baker
Did Shareholders’ Benefit by Paying Boeing’s Fired CEO $62 Million?
Susan Roberts
The Demise of the Labour Party and the Future For UK Socialism
Binoy Kampmark
Janus-Faced on Climate Change: Microsoft’s Carbon Vision
David Levin
The Teamster Revolt Against the Hoffa Era
Victor Grossman
Defender and Spearheads
Russell Mokhiber
BS Public Editor and the Disease of Contempt
Tiffany Muller
Get the Money Out of Politics: 10 Years After Citizens United
Laura Flanders
Iowa is Not the Twitterverse
Graham Peebles
Education: Expanding Purpose
Elliot Sperber
Handball in Brooklyn 
January 20, 2020
Paul Street
Trump Showed Us Who He Was Before He Became President
Eric Mann
Martin Luther King and the Black Revolutionary Tradition
Ipek S. Burnett
MLK and the Ghost of an Untrue Dream
FacebookTwitterRedditEmail