Snow Emergency Disaster!
The schools are closed. The University (where I will be working today) is running three hours late. The lab (where I work on Tuesdays and Thursdays) is closed.
All this for an inch and a half of snow.
Hearing the natives try to explain the unacceptable amount of snow that we have received this winter is much like being an anthropologist learning about an animistic culture. Apparently the Snow God is named "Al Gore," and we are getting snow here because we have made him angry. You can piece this together by reading the comment threads about the weather in the local paper. Based on what the commenters say about this "Al Gore," I can see why he might be angry. If people talked about me that way, I wouldn't be too pleased with them either.