Snowpocalypse 3: The Emblizzarding



Anthropogenic global warming climate change has barreled into the Eastern Seaboard with a vengeance today:
The East Coast is battling 'life-threatening blizzard conditions' today as one of the most powerful winter storms in living memory continues to dump feet of snow across states from northern Georgia to New Jersey. 
The National Weather Service warned that the worst is still to come for many areas as one in seven Americans could get at least half a foot of snow by Sunday, and Washington could see snowdrifts more than four feet high. 
Ten states have now declared emergencies, more than 8,000 flights have been cancelled across the country, coastal flooding has been reported in New Jersey and motorists in Kentucky have been stranded in a 35-mile jam for 12 hours overnight with National Guard distributing food, water and fuel. 
In New York governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency and has warned citizens to stay off the streets all day today as winter storm Jonas batters the city with wind gusts of up to 60mph with snow falling at a rate of three inches per hour.
Global warming, my frozen brown arse. This is like the third year in a row that I've seen a massive storm dump Al Gore's idea of "climate change" down upon us. At some point, that tired old narrative gets more than a little ridiculous.

(And if you're from the AGW camp, please spare me the usual line about how weather and climate are two different things. Chances are that I am significantly more educated in climate modeling, statistical analysis, and just plain old fashioned common goddamn sense than you.)

I'm looking out my window right now and watching the gusts blowing snow and ice around into epic swirls. The little kids in the neighbourhood think this is an absolute lark, of course; for them, they get to play in the snow and build snowmen and throw the stuff at each other. It's great for them.

The local liquor merchants, of course, are having a fantastic time. I ventured out yesterday to pick up a few supplies and stopped by my local bottle shop for a stout helping of good old-fashioned Bushmill's Irish whiskey- because there is nothing better in a massive snowstorm than a nice hot mug of Irish coffee in the evening- and found the place doing crazy amounts of business.

I do feel sorry for the guys who are out there with snowblowers and shovels right now, though. We've had roughly 6-8 inches of snow already, and the day is only halfway done; it's a rather Sisyphean exercise.

Look, all joking aside- if you're in the path of the storm, or suffering from its effects right now, stay indoors, stay warm, and stay safe. And have a few stiff drinks- you're going to need them.

And if you're out there on the job today, then you have my full respect and gratitude for it. Like these brave men, guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington:
The snowstorm bearing down on the nation’s capital is not stopping the small group of soldiers who continually stand guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. Much as they did during Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Tomb Sentinels will brave the elements to continue guarding the hallowed memorial.

Since April 6, 1948, Tomb Sentinels from the Army's 3rd Infantry Regiment's "The Old Guard" have guarded the Tomb for 24 hours a day, 365 days a year regardless of the weather.

“These guys will be out in the snow, no matter what,” said Major Russell Fox, a spokesman for the Army’s Old Guard. “They love what they’re doing and they’re dedicated."

And while the rest of Washington may be dreading the storm, Fox said “a lot of the guys are looking forward to this and kind of excited about it.”
A “relief” typically consists of six Tomb Sentinels who serve a 24-hour shift guarding the Tombs. They turn over watch of the tombs to another relief every morning at 6 a.m.

Arlington National Cemetery closed its doors at noon today and will be closed through the weekend, but plans call for the planned turnover of reliefs to take place Saturday and Sunday mornings.

The Tomb Sentinels are a familiar sight to most tourists who visit Arlington National Cemetery. Dressed in their dress blue uniforms, they “walk the mat” on the plaza in front of the white marble sarcophagus that lies above the remains of an unknown soldier from World War I. Unknown soldiers from World War II and the Korean War are buried in crypts in front of the sarcophagus.

The sentinels march in front of the tombs for 21 paces, then face north to stand at attention for 21 seconds before marching 21 paces in the other direction.
They're crazy. God bless them for it.

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