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March 24, 2013

VINCENT DAVIS: 'The Day After Tomorrow' -- it's today!

Niagara Gazette — It is official; Mother Nature has given up on Western New York. I know in the past I’ve talked about the benefits of an unpredictable weather cycle. Every sunny day from October through April must be cherished because who knows, tomorrow could be a blizzard. But the weather over the last two weeks has reached a level of ridiculousness not seen since the 2004 Sci-Fi/Disaster film “The Day After Tomorrow.”

For those not in the loop, “The Day After Tomorrow” is a movie where Dennis Quaid, as a scientist, admits we were wrong about global warming. The climate isn’t changing over hundreds of years — it’s happening … right now! And immediately after that there are a bunch of tornadoes in LA, earthquakes in the Midwest and New York City gets hit with a tsunami/flood/blizzard combo that has snow reaching the middle of skyscrapers, all within 24 hours. 

To anyone who was in Western New York at any point last week may feel a twinge of deja vu as they read that, since it’s only a slightly exaggerated rundown of the weather in Buffalo last Tuesday. While the sun may be out today or tomorrow, I have less faith than ever in the idea that the worst of winter is over, but it is when times are dark we must remember that it could always be worse.

People are always saying “The grass is always greener on the other side.” Nowhere is this saying more appropriate literally and metaphorically than when we’re talking about the east versus west coasts, namely California and New York. Two weeks ago I had an opportunity to travel to our brothers on the “best coast” and I’ve come to certain conclusions; the lack of discernible seasons has driven everyone crazy.

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