People of the Red River Valley can still weather a stormFargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -With weather organizations now naming winter storms and "#blizzard" trending on social media, it's fair to ask if we're getting too carried away at sheltered locations, such as cities, when it comes to the attention we give winter weather.
By: Drew Trafton, WDAY
Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -With weather organizations now naming winter storms and "#blizzard" trending on social media, it's fair to ask if we're getting too carried away at sheltered locations, such as cities, when it comes to the attention we give winter weather.
Schools shut down.
Cars broken down on desolate streets.
"It's really bad."
People running for cover.
"I think there's about half the people in the office right now."
No, this isn't the beginning to a super hero summer blockbuster, just a ground blizzard.
"But with the rising popularity of terms like Polar Vortex and Superstorm, it's becoming easier and easier to compare winter to a super villain."
"I think social media had had some impact in weather because there's so much misinformation that's out there."
And today, the social circus certainly made it seem like you'd have to be superhuman to wander outside.
But, the few people out and about in downtown Fargo-Moorhead where conditions varied, didn't think it was all that bad.
"It's minor compared to what it could be around here."
"The wind is strong, but I guess I've seen worse."
In fact, for some people it was just another day on the job.
"Just brooming stuff here, not even a snow blower so far."
And let’s not forget the Post Office and its rather heroic old unofficial creed.
Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night.
"Out in the country, I live out of town and, yeah, it was a little rough getting here. But, in town it's fine."
There were also a few people that took on the snow for adventures sake, and they were even dressed up like comic book characters.
"Oh, this is calm. I've got a 30 mile per hour tailwind and I'm just going through the snow drifts."
So, although heroic may be a stretch, I think it's safe to say the people of the F-M area still remain hearty when it comes to winter.