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The bottom panel really happened

Tue, 03/10/2009 - 00:44 by Ananth in response to latitude change

I experienced a Rochester winter twice, which is misleading to say because Rochester winters never end. DC winters are considerably warmer and more pleasant, and there's less of a chance that some snowplow will pile snow in front of your driveway. 

Rochester also laughs in the face of inclement weather - they don't shut down for anything. Alternately, DC freaks out if there's an inch of snow (I am okay with this, because you get a free day off). 

I hope you enjoyed Yuko's factually accurate illustrations of Rochester ad DC weather. I know I did. Since it's so accurate. With the bear and deer and all. And the sun does wear shades, it's just tough to get a good look at him. Dude is bright as shit. 


Down here in Texas, we got a

Comment by Geoff (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 00:52

Down here in Texas, we got a couple of weeks of 40 degree weather, but other than that it's been quite pleasant. This last week has been 85 and sunny with a light breeze. I don't understand why people live north. Though, personally, I haven't been eaten by a bear. I don't know what's up with that.

We live up here to harvest

Comment by John Kelly (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 01:05

We live up here to harvest the snow so everyone living south of the 41st parallel can have their sno-cones. A little appreciation, please.

Some of us like snow and

Comment by Nate (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 01:19

Some of us like snow and cold weather. That, and there's a limit to how long we're willing to tolerate the oppressively hot part of summer.

Aw yeah.

Comment by Onishii (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 01:14

That is one epic panel right there.

I love how John and Conrad are high-fiving there.

Love the bear too.

Winters down here on the West Coast aren't that great. Luckily we live on the right of the mountains, but unluckily we get no snow. ;-;

My opinion on the matter...

Comment by stevehill (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 01:15

Conrad needs to wear a jacket like that.

 He totally does!

Comment by Ananth Tue, 03/10/2009 - 13:34

 He totally does!

ha, i know the DC end of

Comment by Meister Jazz (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 01:16

ha, i know the DC end of that quite well, raised in NoVA. Hampton Roads, VA is even worse, there's never any snow, it's just colder than the weather should allow, and closes for the threat of snow. Never really snows, but a few flurries and people are in a tizzy to cancel college classes

Cause DC totally has grass!

Comment by Rem (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 01:19

Cause DC totally has grass! :P

As a 17-year resident of

Comment by Linkigi (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 01:24

As a 17-year resident of Rochester, I must say:

As an 18-year resedent of

Comment by BPeeps (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 01:39

I lived in Rochester for the first 18 years of my life, and always just assumed that this is how weather is. Then, I moved to Chicago and realized that, meteorologically, the only difference between Chicago and Rochester is the time zone.

Moral of the story:
I think winter is following me.

Wow, I'm the opposite of

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 08/24/2010 - 19:53

Wow, I'm the opposite of you. I've lived in Chicago for 18 years and am about to move to Rochester. I hate the cold, so I don't know why I'm doing it :/

As a current resident who

Comment by demonsun (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 01:47

As a current resident who has lived in rochester for the last 21 years, i can tell you this, It makes you stronger our summers can be 98 degrees with 90% humidity and our winters can be -10 and snowing, both extremes really. However when I look out my window at the moment there is not a single speck of snow anywhere, and it hasn't snowed in the last week. we just got 2.5 inches of rain over the weekend.

I love our extreme weather though... I think it makes people tougher.

I live in Montreal. Let me

Comment by Del (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 04:47

I live in Montreal. Let me just say that Rochester winter sounds warm, and its summer temperate*. Also, honestly, people in general complain about weather waaay too much. Especially people in the US.

*okay, that was a lie. We usually don't see much over 30C in the summer, but that seemed like the thing to say. Although seeing below -20C (before windchill, of course) is nothing special.

Canada weather

Comment by Jess (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 06:43

I hear that! This is my second year living in Ottawa, and it was the first time I've seen a windchill of -40. And nothing shut down.
We're a little crazy up here, methinks. ^_^ But I have to say I prefer it.

mind you in rochester weds

Comment by demonsun (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 09:03

mind you in rochester weds could be -5 below, and thursday could be 70 and raining. Thats the appeal, you never know what the weathers gonna be like. Its weather roulette.

Hear Hear!

Comment by Southern Canuck (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 16:37

I'm about at the 51st-52nd parallel in Manitoba (also Canada) and a few weeks back we had a -57*C with windchill. (I can't work in Fahrenheit, and for those who can't work in Celsius: the scales match up at -40 !)

I also agree that it makes people tougher, but I wish I could afford an island/villa/house/cardboard box in the Caribbean somewhere...


Comment by Boots (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 17:59

I'm in Saskatchewan (Canada) and we've had a -40 C windchill for the past few days. On the upside, I can expect weather of around 30 C in August. Lord, we have a messed up climate.

flipping cold

Comment by Ren (not verified) Thu, 03/12/2009 - 09:03

I'm in Saskatchewan too, and this -40C windchill can go back to wherever the heck it came from, because /damn/. It's been so cold this winter that we can't cancel outdoor labs anymore, because we used up all our cancellations for bad weather at the start of the year.

I'm working in the Alberta badlands this summer. They like to hit +40C. So I'll have experienced the full spectrum of Canadian weather. I'm not really looking forward to it.

And Pete was like "YEAH RIGHT"

Comment by Pete (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 02:11

I refuse to believe that Conrad managed to jump high enough to High-5 John Kelly who is also jumping. Really happened my FOOT.

Oh, I do miss the rocket

Comment by Ananth Tue, 03/10/2009 - 13:35

Oh, I do miss the rocket deer ... 


Comment by laul (not verified) Sat, 03/14/2009 - 13:21

That made me laugh harder than the original comic

"Dude is bright as shit"

Comment by Gilder (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 03:04

"Dude is bright as shit" made me laugh almost as much as the comic itself. I will have to steal this line and add it to my random repertoire.

I've had something like this

Comment by Sovy Kurosei (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 06:40

I've had something like this happen but instead of March, 2008: Rochester, NY and March, 2009: Washington, DC. It was March, 2009: Edmonton, AL and January, 2009: Edmonton, AL.

Yes, in that order.

It's the Roc!

Comment by Darryl Ayo (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 07:01

Rochester is a tough sell, but it's so worth it when the weather gets warm (ie, HOT) and you can just glide around downtown.

Heh, I know the feeling. I

Comment by Sam (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 08:46

Heh, I know the feeling.

I moved to Delaware last year from Massachusetts. Talk about a different reaction to winter weather. I believe businesses and schools were closed for less than half an inch here back in January.

To be fair, they don't know how to plow here.

Oops, that was supposed to

Comment by Sam (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 08:47

Oops, that was supposed to be a general reply...^_^;;

No way

Comment by Rachelle (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 20:05

I hate it when it's cold AND I hate it when it's warm. It's waaaay too humid and I almost always get physically ill in somebody's house who doesn't have AC. Seriously, spring and fall are the only good seasons here. For real.

Hey, at least Rochester

Comment by Mizzy (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 08:53

Hey, at least Rochester KNOWS how to deal with bad weather.
"Oh no! Some moisture on the ground! Close up everything!"


Oh, weather

Comment by Beth (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 09:02

This happened where I live within a week. And then it snowed again ):


Comment by Justineeeeee (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 09:12

are they holding hands or highfiving? :O

oh yeah and by the way... it

Comment by Justine (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 09:14

oh yeah and by the way... it snowed at my house last week... we got 4 inches of snow..... and then yesterday it was 80.

way to go georgia.


Comment by Raile (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 09:34

Yeah, I live in Georgia and I was flabbergasted when it snowed down here. Snowed and STUCK. To be fair, I'm from Wisconsin initially, but moved when I was wee child and... damn, it was almost nostalgic. Except that it wasn't three feet deep.


Comment by Vero (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 11:10

I live in South Carolina and we had the same thing. Lottsa snow, no power, and now the weather can't decide if it wants to be 80 degrees or 50. HYPOTHERMIA.

There might not be deer in

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 09:13

There might not be deer in DC itself, but it wouldn't surprise me if one wondered into the city every once in awhile, there's like, a million in the suburbs, no joke.

Lol, if you guys liked that.

Comment by cheddot (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 09:32

Lol, if you guys liked that. you should try coming to California sometime :P

Hey, Southern California

Comment by wearing tshirt and shorts. every day. (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 14:23

Hey, Southern California here. What's this 'cold' you speak of?


Comment by stevehill (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 15:41

*misses Central Florida*


Haha, I can totally

Comment by Chelsea (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 09:56

Haha, I can totally identify! This is also my first year living somewhere that's not hideously cold and dismal until May or June, and it's friggin' fantastic! We even have squirrels and bunnies and other Disney characters dancing with us. :B

Now that's just silly.

Comment by Joe (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 09:58

I can understand the 3-foot jumping and the dancing woodland animals, but the sun wearing glasses?
Now that's just silly.

DC weather

Comment by 8-trackwonderbot (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 10:03

Yeah but if people freak out because of an inch then you get car crashes and mass panic which is worse than the snow. people are freaking nut in DC when it comes to driving. DC= you can ride bikes in 70 degree weather in January and then have snow the next day (true fact) I think thats ridiculous

They close school down because it was raining heavy and slightly sleeting (true fact)

Only in PG county they close

Comment by Viga (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 12:50

Only in PG county they close due to sleet. When I went to a DC school we hated seeing that they got off for anything and us nothing!

the downside

Comment by MarkyMark (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 10:09

The only problem with DC winters being mild is that people go INSANE with 1 inch of snow. I once went out to a golf course in Reston, only a 30-45min drive usually. Then it started to flurry, so at noon I decided to go home.

I got home at 8pm.

Seriously, people in this area are like "OMFG A SNOWFLAKE?!?!?! RAM INTO THAT OTHER CAR!!!!!"

This is why smart Denverites

Comment by kaitou (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 11:07

This is why smart Denverites avoid the Univ. of Denver campus when the first snow of the season hits - avoiding all the out-of-state students that have no clue how to drive in this stuff. The day after is much safer because:
a.) they figured out how;
b.) they've given up even trying; or
c.) they've totaled their car.

So true.

Comment by Kim (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 11:47

I grew up in the Niagara Falls area (US side), and went to college in Oswego, NY....about hour and 30 from Rochester...then in September 2007 I moved inside the DC beltway....omg, they freak out over any form of precipitation (and they don't use turn signals when driving). I miss upstate NY, but certainly not the lake effect snow...and I never will.


Comment by Phil Ramge (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 12:45

Rochester, NY: "Charmingly depressing!"

Re: Rochester

Comment by stevehill (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 15:42

Rochester, NY: "Those two months of warmth and sunshine are totally worth it!"

Are they? >_>

As a DC native I have to say

Comment by Viga (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 12:47

As a DC native I have to say this:


Four Seasons

Comment by A.L. (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 12:54

Well,when you're farther south,you tend to get a wider array of weather,especially here in Georgia.It's an astonishing feat of nature to be wearing a coat one week and shorts a few days later (no lie).

I think I met that bear...

Comment by aXcel (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 13:13

I've only lived in one place all my life, as i go through school. Each season in Paintsville, I can find equally annoying in some way. But they each have they're own beauty and charm. My favorite is the winters. Everything becomes a painting of beautiful monochromatic colors. Especially this winter with the big ice storm. Everything in it's path was frozen over. And it turned the hills, and more strikingly, the trees on them, into giant crystals, which shone gorgeously in the sunlight.

As a Current Resident of

Comment by Kairan (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 13:15

Maryland, we usually have three seasons: Spring Summer, and Oh-My-God-where-the-fuck-is-Spring Autumn. We get snow occasionally (like last week, yus~~) but don't more than do. Oh I miss 1996 so much...