Chillin' Out with Jack Frost
view of the weather we have been experiencing lately in the U.S., we
have decided to bring you an extra special feature, an interview with
the legendary Jack Frost, the personification of snow, sleet, ice and
Hello Jack, Is it okay if I call you that?
Sure, I've been called much worse.
Okay, we have been experiencing some very unusual
amounts of snow in the U.S. this season. Is there any particular
reason for so much snow?
Yes, I've done some of my best work this year. Some
years just fizzle out and there is hardly any snow at all, but this
year things have really come together. I've set some all-time records
this year. Take Boston, for instance.
Since you brought it up, what is the deal with Boston?
They always have snow of course, but this year they rival Buffalo with
a record-setting winter of over 100 inches.
They are supposed to be hardy New Englanders, so I
figured I'd see exactly how hardy they are. Oh, sure some people
complained… whiners… but others have gotten into the spirit and
are diving out second story windows into snow drifts. Not exactly what
I intended, but there is no explaining people.
Speaking of Buffalo, why do you always dump on
Well, I get a bit of help from the lake there. They
call it lake-effect snow. It's wonderful, 87 inches so far this year
and even more in Syracuse. Of course, there are other places that get
an extraordinary amount of snow and cold weather too.
What other places are you referring to?
Well, International Falls, Minnesota, is a favorite
of mine. I can always unload there. Funny, they seem to hardly notice
and just keep going. It isn't half as much fun as a place where they
complain about minor annoyances, such as snowed-under parking places.
Anywhere else you would like to mention?
I suppose you consider Alaska part of the U.S.?
When I get up above the Arctic Circle, it is practically like being in
my own garden. The most northern city in the U.S. is Barrow, Alaska,
where I often create white-out conditions. But, it is much more fun to
zap a place that is not used to it.
Like the southern U.S, for instance?
Exactly, last week I rolled through Alabama like an
avalanche and left them flat. They didn't know what hit them. Of
course, Atlanta last year was a supreme disaster, a mere 3 inches and
I shut down the city. The interstates were parking lots.
You are a bit devilish, aren't you?
Just enjoy my work, that's all.
So, where is the place in the U.S. with the worst
Believe it or not, it is Mt. Washington in N.H.
Three weather patterns converge there to create hurricane force winds
and snow blowing sideways, an average of 280 inches in a season.
No one can survive the winters except a few scientific types with
special structures where they study the weather. It is such a horribly
wonderful place that it almost makes me feel guilty… ALMOST, I said.
There are a few places that actually want snow, like
ski resorts. Do you plan to bring any more white stuff to Colorado
I thought I would leave them wanting for a
while. Naturally, it is nice when someone appreciates what you do, but
can't let down my guard too much. Can't have everyone out having fun
skiing, sledding, and building snowmen. I have a reputation to uphold.
Well, this has been interesting, but I better end this
interview now. I'm starting to get frostbite.
So, that's it folks. This has been your winter weather
report. If you feel a bit of a chill in the air, it is most likely
Jack Frost out and at it again.