(My comments in a January 2014 ToledoTalk.com thread.)
It was easy shopping this morning at the Toledo Farmer's Market. We bought sourdough bread, coffee beans, apples, carrots, beets, etc. We missed out on the eggs though. One farmer said the eggs sold out quickly. Another farmer said, "The girls were on strike." It was too cold for much egg-laying production. The chickens were too busy eating to stay warm.
It's fun buying directly from the farmers and the other producers who sell their products at the market. We didn't stop at the Phoenix Earth Food Co-op today, but I reckon it didn't suffer from stupid human madness.
Weather-wise, every winter storm is NOT the freakish Blizzard of '78.
For the current storm, the toughest 24-hour period will probably be from Noon Sunday to Noon Monday for the combination of snow, blowing snow, and cold. It will be chilly on Monday and Tuesday, but some stores should be open and city roads should be passable. If people need food on Monday afternoon or evening, and they live in the city, they should be able to get it.
My calendar reads January and not July. It seems strange to me that so many people who live this far north act like pansies.
I'm guessing that most households already contain at least two days worth of food before shopping.
I could understand stocking up in an insane manner if people lived in the wide open, wind-blown, rural countryside with the nearest store 30 miles away.
Here's a future idea: canning. People should can more in the late summer and fall. We could live off our corn salsa for a while.
It would be extremely rare for a storm to shutdown businesses for more than one day. In my opinion, the only type of weather that could do this in Toledo would be a tornado, a severe ice storm, or possibly a Blizzard of '78 repeat.
A bit about the '78 storm:
... winds gusted to more than 100 miles per hour over much of the state, with sustained winds in the 45-60 mph range. Record snowfalls were recorded in many areas.
That ain't this current storm, and for many of us, it's unlikely that a storm similar to the Blizzard of '78 will ever occur again in Ohio in our lifetime. And now I jinxed us. Later this month, the biggest blizzard since '78 will hit Toledo.
Good one, hockeyfan.
The ice storm that hit parts of central Michigan last month left some people without power for up to nine days. The sparkling, glassy look of a landscape covered in ice on a sunny day is a memorable image, but so is the destruction. That's one weather event I don't want to experience around here.
Stockpiling a truckload of food would also make sense if the household is loaded with teenage boys who will start eating the furniture if they are not fed every hour.
With the snowfall today, the blowing snow and cold on Monday, and the bitter cold on Tuesday, I guess if people don't have to venture outside, then shopping for some food is a good idea.
Some delays and cancellations for school and work are probable through Tuesday. But it sounds like a lot of people shopped with the plan not to go outside until March.
A lot of the panic-buying-food will probably get discarded.
As to climaterrorists and their certified most accurate predictions, are they better predictors than the forecasting stone? Maybe Toledo should install a few of these around town. The setup appears less expensive than Doppler radar.
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