The Weather Blamed On Economic Impact

Published 02/20 2014 10:40AM

Updated 02/20 2014 10:53AM

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Economists are pointing the finger at Mother Nature for a costly winter this year.

The "Polar Vortex", the city-halting Atlanta winter storm, New York City's abundant snowfall; they are all a part of what we call the winter season here in the Northern Hemisphere. However after a tame and mild couple of winters recently, this one is feeling worse!

I've written blogs recently about how this winter is actually a pretty average one here in the North Country. While we're experiencing winter's 'norm', a broad area of the country has experienced below average temperatures and above average snowfall.

In fact now the weather is being blamed on poor economic news! The cold weather, driving up propane costs is one bullet point. Another is the business impact from stores/entrepreneurs closing due to snow, losing xx and xx dollars of money.

Up here, we're saying, 'Bring it on!' The homepage of Vermont Dept. of Tourism's is covered in winter activities, ski lift giveaways, and lists of upcoming outdoor events.

February certainly has come through for a snow-dependent area, yielding 200% of snowfall to average through February 20 for the Burlington area. Ice has grown thick for the ice fisherman. And more cold/snow will come to the area with projections of cold weather to last through the rest of the month (aside from a few 40s near Washington's birthday). - Meteorologist Steve Glazier

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