I've always liked the description of Buffalo as the City of Good Neighbors. The massive volunteer effort for the Extreme Makeover project would seem to be the latest evidence that the slogan fits our city. Lately, I've been thinking of our weather as yet another asset in our region. So often people get defensive about Buffalo's reputation for lousy weather. I try not to, and here I'm making the case that Buffalo's weather is anything but lousy. I definitely wouldn't call our weather perfect - perfect seems only to apply to San Diego (if you don't mind smog) or anywhere in Hawaii - but I think we can make the case that Buffalo's weather is nothing to be embarrassed about.
I can only imagine the abundance of references to the weather during office small talk these days. "Hey Bob, how was your weekend? Can you believe this weather we're having?" I admit to being guilty of such corny pleasantries at my workplace, but I really am enthused about the weather we've had this month. Have we ever had a more beautiful November?
Yes, we know the snow and cold are on their way, but I happen to be looking forward to a little snowboarding and ice skating this year. And hot chocolate too. I feel confident saying I'm not the only one who actually enjoys our winter season. Of course I don't enjoy every minute of it, but I honestly think the last few winters haven't been too bad.
The title for this blog post is tongue in cheek. I don't seriously imagine our weather being used as part of a marketing strategy. But I do want to promote our weather as something that outsiders needn't fear. Rather, potential visitors to our city should recognize that the weather is actually good (maybe even very good) for most of the year. And, of course, I'm talking around the many people who absolutely love snow.
Here's hoping the Weather Channel doesn't bother to air the obligatory segment of a Buffalo snowstorm this year. And a futile appeal to the local television news stations: any chance you won't talk about the weather for twenty minutes of every newscast this winter? Anyone else want to pull their hair out when the local news stations run segments with reporters holding onto their hats as they describe how cold it is? Maybe it's time we focus on all the good weather we get and ease off our obsession about the three months of inclement weather we get. Just my two cents.