Acquaintances in the sunny Southwest have been asking me about the latest weather doings here in Connecticut. Gleefully today they informed me that it is 80 degrees where they are and they might take a dip in the pool before dinner, on the balcony. They invite me to visit them, likely knowing how difficult it is for planes to get out.
As I told them, last week this part of New England had two significant snow storms. The cold was so severe that locks froze on cars. Ice encased cars so that it took AAA to tow them out. When there was a break in the weather on Saturday there were long lines of us at car washers. This is the end, we thought. Last night it snowed again, several inches. And the Weather Channel forecasts another serious snow storm this Thursday.
Soon enough the municipalities will have to decide if the mountains of snow will have to be shipped out of the town. None of it is melting.
Meanwhile those of us who write about business dread the hit restuarants could take on Valentine's Day if couples can't get to them because of the snow. Florists won't be able to deliver flowers. Lovers won't be able to swing by a Munson's to buy gourmet chocolates. And GDP Q1 will be disappointing, scaring everyone into thinking the recovery is losing traction.
The solution might be to for those who care about each other to celebrate Valentine's Day on Wednesday.