Oh for goodness sake! Its just a bit of snow!!

@Wizzywig (7859)
January 6, 2010 1:53pm CST
We have a bit of snow in our area just now. Its about 6-8" deep in my garden and yes, I did have to dig a bit to get the car out for work this morning but, all the main roads are clear and there's no more forecast. I stopped off in town this afternoon and both supermarkets were completely out of bread and bread related products and there was not a bottle nor carton, nor even a powdered variety of milk to be seen. The checkout lady said people had been panic buying most of the day. Oh, come on.... get a grip.... its a bit of snow, a natural phenomenon. The world isnt going to end (well, not till 2012 anyway ) and there WILL be food in the shops again! Is this just a British thing??
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@egdcltd (6784)
6 Jan 10
We're always surprised by weird weather. Like snow in winter or sun in summer.
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@Wizzywig (7859)
6 Jan 10
Well, yes, that's true enough... maybe we're just an easily surprised nation? Most of the schools are closed and I saw a comment in the localpaper to the effect that the council were to blame for the snow. They, apparently, should have known that it would be earlier and heavier than the weather forecast said.
@egdcltd (6784)
6 Jan 10
Why would they believe the weather forecasters? I mean, really, no-one else does.
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@Wizzywig (7859)
6 Jan 10
Exactly... but, you know how it is ... there has to be someone to take the blame for these things. I mean, its not like snow is an uncontrollable fact of nature or anything....
@Hatley (164640)
• Garden Grove, California
6 Jan 10
hi wizzywig well now we had at least six to eight inches of guess what sunshine,its about seventy out now,was only forty this morning. no snow here nor rain either. but nice weather once the sun warmed up every thing. must be why so many people have to live here now and mess up the cost of living more than it already easy. lol. Ca. has become a very expensive place to live in in spite of the climate,or maybe because of it.
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@Wizzywig (7859)
7 Jan 10
I have to say that I like our changing seasons and, though I do love the sunshine, I dont think I could live with the monotony of it ALWAYS being a sunny day... plus, I'd never want to go to work if it was
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
6 Jan 10
Hi Wizzywig, No it is not just a British thing at all. I live in New England where we have all sorts of weather. All the forecast has to say is "storm-watch" and the stores fill right up. It's amazing really because I'm 53 and I know we have had storms where it would be wise not to drive unless you have to but the thing is, it is extremely rare that we have a storm that lasts so long and so severe that we are going to be stranded at home for any amount of time. I work in a store and it always gets so busy when we are supposed to get snow.
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@Wizzywig (7859)
7 Jan 10
I suppose we are so used to being able to shop 24/7 that some people just dont realise that the world doesn't grind to a halt if we cant get there???
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
6 Jan 10
Panic buying for a bit of snow?! I'd hate to see what your place would be if it started to hail. From where I am, snow is a bit of a regular occurrence during winter(what a surprise!). Not this winter though, Except for a couple of days in early December, so far it has been mild. Unlike last year, where we got more than a foot of snow. And even then, the only panic buying I saw was for shovels.
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@Wizzywig (7859)
6 Jan 10
I think they had a bit of a run on sledges too since the schools were all closed because of the weather
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@MJay101 (711)
6 Jan 10
I think it may be a British thing, yes! I was watching Newsnight last night (sad, aren't I?), and there was an interesting piece about the weather - apparently, we Brits like to make a big fuss because these things don't happen very often. Of course, I quite agree: having lived in the south of England for most of my life, and by the sea for the rest of it, it's very rare to see snow. I'm loving it - I feel like a little kid again! I wish the hysteria would subside; on the other hand, I got to go home early today because the weather apparently made travel impossible. (I had no issues; nor did I have any trouble in returning to Liverpool from the English / Scottish border last night!) You're right - people are acting as though the world is about to end. The fools... (If it is, in fact, the apocalypse - will someone lend me a loaf of bread?)
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
6 Jan 10
Is Jeremy still on Newsnight? I do miss him on there.
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@MJay101 (711)
6 Jan 10
He certainly is! The legend of Paxo lives on... Though we increasingly have to put up with Gavin, who is frankly a total knob.
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@Wizzywig (7859)
7 Jan 10
Come to think of it, - there were four horsemen in the car park.......
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
6 Jan 10
Hi Wizzywig, I'd definitely say its a British thing, don't forget stock piling food for every bank holiday with trollies laden to the top. You just don't see that kind of panic buying over here at all. I don't know anyone who has an air raid shelter at the bottom of the garden either.
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@Wizzywig (7859)
6 Jan 10
Oh I know! Must buy in an extra 3 trollies of food because the supermarket is going to be shut for up to 24 consecutive hours and we dont want to starve do we!?! I remember the great "sugar shortage" in the 70s... I think my mother-in-law caused it! She couldn't bear the thought of missing the 3 spoons of sugar in a small teacup 7 or 8 times a day so had me queuing up in 2 or 3 supermarkets with my "2 bags per customer" allowance whilst she did the same!
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
6 Jan 10
I called at the supermarket in town on christmas eve to do my usual shopping and it was just a normal shopping day, no over filled trollies, nothing. The world wasn't going to end even though the shops were shut the next day. Of course our local supermarket would be open on principal.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
6 Jan 10
panic buying or snow? We don't have either one here!
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@Wizzywig (7859)
6 Jan 10
You dont need them... you have more TV channels
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
6 Jan 10
lmao yeah especially if you have cable or satellite TV...
• United States
7 Jan 10
Not at all. I commented on this a couple of days ago when they were just forcasting snow for my area. People here rush to the grocery store and buy things like 5 loaves of bread, 4 cartons of eggs, 6 gallons of milk and 2 -24 packs of toliet paper. Now who in the world would use this much stuff in a month, much less a week.
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@Wizzywig (7859)
7 Jan 10
I usually keep a carton of longlife milk in the cupboard as a back up all year round and, I would think that most people keep enough stuff in the house that they could get by for a couple of days - even if it meant eating some unusual combinations. People arent satisfied with "enough", and would rather buy too much and throw some away... which is pretty selfish really.
@edu4625 (188)
• United States
7 Jan 10
I feel both ways when it snows a great deal. I don't panic but I do feel a sense of let's just stop everything. It is too difficult to get to work or the store etc. I feel it's mother nature's way of telling us to go ahead and take a break. At the same time I am thinking I've been in snow storms before and lived so everything isn't going to fall apart even if it is more difficult to do most things. Of course the snow is also very beautiful and serene to look at It's definitely not just a British thing. I am in New York and New Yorkers seems to have the same kind of response especially in some areas of the city like Staten Island and Long Island which are more rural than Manhattan etc.
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@Wizzywig (7859)
7 Jan 10
So, its not like it is in the films then... everyone happy and laughing through the blizzards??
@happy6162 (3011)
• United States
7 Jan 10
No it is not just a British things here in my country people will overstock if they hear a storm is coming. If you go and get enough groceries for a week or maybe two you should have enough because most roads are cleared at least 2 or 3 days after a storm. Of course this does depend on the amount of snow that you got.
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@Wizzywig (7859)
7 Jan 10
This has been more snow than we've had of late and the temperatures are lower (my car registered minus 13 this morning) but most people can still get out and about and the buses are still running into town.
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
7 Jan 10
I live in Minnesota USA and 6 inches to us is just a dusting most times. This morning I got 3 inches and it is now blowing all over the place. I can't reclal the last time there was a mad rush to buy things due to a snowstorm here. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
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@Wizzywig (7859)
7 Jan 10
There you go, its no big deal there. Time was people expected it to snow in winter here and planned accordingly. Give it a few months and everyone will be stripping the shops of cold drinks and complaining about the heat. Obviously, there are people who will suffer extreme hardship - the sick and elderly with no heating or left on their own without basic essentials but they wont be the people panic buying.
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
7 Jan 10
No, it is not a British thing. It is funny, they call for snow and people run for the stores. It is crazy!!
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@Wizzywig (7859)
7 Jan 10
Maybe we should start a rumour about a freak snowstorm in the middle of summer and see what happens ??
@megamatt (14329)
• United States
6 Jan 10
People should be used to the amount of snow we get around here. For the most part they are but I would be deluding myself if there is not some level of panic. A few flurries and the world seems to be crashing down for some people. Really, I think this may be one of the tamest winters around here in years but there is panic. Its a worldwide thing I imagine, because I hear of cases like this all over the world.
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@Wizzywig (7859)
7 Jan 10
This is quite a small town but I've never seen the shelves that empty before, even on Christmas Eve.
@apples99 (6564)
• United States
6 Jan 10
I know what you mean, because where I live now it rarely snows and when or if it dose its very light and people tend to make a very big deal out of the slightest bit of snow or cold weather, they act like the world is going to end and I dont get it because I've lived in Ohio a long time ago, and believe me when it snows there it really snows. thats why I moved and people where I live now most of them dont know what its like to be in serious winter weather and they make a big thing out of the littlest bit of snow and I dont get it. lol oh well god bless there hearts.
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@Wizzywig (7859)
7 Jan 10
Maybe we've turned into a nation of softies? Winter used to be much harsher than this and people just got on with it!! I suppose its because its less common to get more than a light dusting of snow that people are finding it such a shock to the system!
@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
6 Jan 10
Hello, Wizzy. These silly people are just making things worse - and they can't see it. I also think England is woefully inept at coping with bad weather, seeing we get it every winter. When we drove back to the Costa Blanca last month, we had snow for over 400 miles of our 500 mile trip. although they get snow in Northern Spain and as far as Madrid, it's unprecedented to get it as far south east as it came this time. Despite the fact that Spain is unused to these conditions, the snow ploughs were in position ready for the call. When snow and ice blocked the motorway, the police stopped the traffic and brought the snow ploughs and gritters through, then allowed us to continue on our way. It took 12 hours instead of the usual 9 - 10, but at least we weren't stranded overnight.
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@Wizzywig (7859)
6 Jan 10
I know... I dont really see why snow should come as such a shock in winter?? Maybe people are misunderstanding the concept of "global warming" so they just never expect it to get cold??