, Newburyport, MA


February 8, 2013

Need a snow job here, not in D.C.

There’s only about six weeks of it left, but make what you might about the open winter weather we’ve had in recent years, we may actually get a decent snowfall from what has been forecast for this weekend.

While there has been meaningful snow, it has been south or west of us, and I celebrated my birthday — never mind which one — on Monday by perambulating around Old Town Hill for something less than an hour and there wasn’t a sign of the deep winters we haven’t had for some time.

I grant there’s a mixed reaction to that because of the lack of snow-related jobs.

This is our second year of winter letdowns for those who count on snow removal to help pay the piper.

There are also those in city and towns trying to keep budgets balanced who can’t count on yet another snow-deprived winter, but hoped this might be.

Their counterparts are those who depend on snowplowing or shoveling who will be at considerable loss if February’s weather is like January’s.

I asked my son, Andy, who lives just south of the Onion River outside of Montpelier, Vt., what they had been getting for snowfall and learned it was very light there for the second year in a row, but they, too, will get their share of what’s in store for us this weekend.

What’s unusual is that our winter weather pattern is replicated in the Montpelier area. Even Vermont’s ski country’s snowfall in its western regions has been less than usual.

As for snow jobs and their interrelated economies, those we send down to Washington to run the country weren’t able to resolve the over-the-cliff economic threat until it was too late for the regular income tax mailings to go out.

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