For an editorial board that’s constantly kvetching about government priorities, the Seattle Times certainly has an odd one:
It’s soul-searching time on snowstorm management. Seattle has unique challenges but also can do better by its citizens.
“Soul-searching time”…? Really? Over snow?
To put this in perspective, of the top 101 U.S. cities in average annual snowfall, Seattle ranks… well… Seattle comes nowhere near making the list, which bottoms out at about 45 inches a year, compared to our measly average of only 7.3 inches.
Only 7.3 inches. That’s less than half the annual snowfall in Olympia, less than an inch more on average than Portland, Oregon, 150 miles to the south, and about one-tenth the over 70 inches of snow that annually falls on Portland, Maine. My native Philadelphia averages over 20 inches, New York, 28, Chicago, 38 and Boston, 42. And the other Washington? About 22 inches.
Of course, these are just averages. Last year I’m not sure we had any significant accumulation, while forecasters predict this La Nina winter to be quite a bit whiter. But honestly, considering the more pressing issues facing our city, I have a hard time understanding the need for all this editorial soul-searching over something that inconveniences us for maybe two or three weeks out of every decade.
Besides… snow is beautiful, and it’s a pleasure to enjoy it without having to drive to the mountains. So chill out.