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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. 



Comment by PHIL!!!! (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 13:50

This winter was worse :(((

one word MICHIGAN

Comment by Zaida (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 15:21

our seasons are mini spring, OMG it's freaking hot!!!!, cold autumn, and when will the snow stop!!!! winter we rarely get days off because of snow.

I live in Auckland, New

Comment by Aston (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 15:18

I live in Auckland, New Zealand. In summer it can get to 86 degrees, in winter it goes down to about 47. I'm SO SOFT.

I live in DC for school.

Comment by Jared (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 15:22

I live in DC for school. Before then I lived in Georgia. I am enjoying spring break in Georgia because I am tired of the *%&#@! wind and cold in DC. Clearly, it has gotten better since I left for Spring Break.


Comment by Louis (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 15:29

What is this "winter" you speak of? We don't get seasons here in Melbourne, Australia. The weather changes at the drop of a hat. You could leave the house in sunshine and zero degrees and by the time you get back in the afternoon it's 45 and raining. And although these represent my extremes, I've been told it gets so damned cold in the US that tourists just wear shorts and shirt year round when they come here. :/ It's not fair, I want to be snowed out of school/work someday.


Comment by Jessica (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 15:31

Oh gawd that's so true XD it was in the 70's here in VA (I live only an hour away from DC). Ahhh... DC...

OMG!!! Supa smiley sun! :D

but winter is cool

Comment by ritsuka (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 15:49

i always get looks for this, but winter is my favourite season!

If not for the way ice/snow looks then the simple fact that i can always put on more shirts, hoodies & long johns (not THIS long john), but i cannot unfortunately peel my skin off to get cooler..

He looks shady

Comment by Dr. Mike Wendell (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 16:02

I bet that bear is CIA. :)

Phhht. I live in Edmonton,

Comment by Yugosaki (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 19:27

Phhht. I live in Edmonton, Canada. at this moment it is -20c (-4f) and was -40 (both c and f) early this morning. There is about 4 feet of snow, you people don't know winter. Nothing has shut down.

Granted, it's cold even for this time of the year, but this is stuff we are used to dealing with.

Naturallly our summers can hit 35c (95f) so we don't really get a break. We get really cold or really hot.

i hate it and I plan to move.

Not accurate.

Comment by Rachelle (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 20:12

Spacklehaus needs to look more dilapidated! Those railings? TOO STRAIGHT. And not breaking? XD. I guess it's not really important. But looking at it I thought it needed to be more broken. Also: were there shutters even? really? I don't rememeber.


Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 20:17

It was in the 80's-90's all last week here in AZ

Don't Come to Omaha, Nebraska Then

Comment by McClaud (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 21:42

Our inclement weather means changing so drastically at the drop of a hat so the person is forced to die from carrying 10 lbs of clothing in the hopes of staying on top of it.

Case in point:

March 5th - 60 degrees F
March 8th - 11 degrees F
March 9th - 42 degrees F
March 10th - 8 degrees F

Prediction for Saturday:
50 degrees F

Don't come to Michigan, either

Comment by Ceylon (not verified) Wed, 03/11/2009 - 16:15

Because you will get those two panels in the same week here as well.

Lol I didn't know shit is so

Comment by Suki (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 22:21

Lol I didn't know shit is so bright xD NJ is no different.. but we get strange weather lately :<

California Native

Comment by Berkeley (not verified) Tue, 03/10/2009 - 22:40

Fun fact: I went to DC for the first time ever during the end of February/beginning of March. The first day I got there, it was 60 degrees. Several days later, it snowed five inches.

BMW Weather.

Comment by conrad Thu, 03/12/2009 - 09:43

See, comparing Cali weather to East-coast weather is like comparing a BMW to a Toyota. At the same time, comparing Washington weather to Rochester weather is like comparing a Toyota to a Dodge. Enjoy your BMW weather, sir, and know that we're all envious.


Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Wed, 03/11/2009 - 10:03

We Rochestarians like to say that we have two seasons, Winter and Construction. Right now we're having a bout with the third season we get occasionaly called Flood.

DC weather is mostly

Comment by Concannon (not verified) Thu, 03/12/2009 - 00:20

DC weather is mostly absolutely insane. Did you enjoy the freak snowstorm a week and a half ago? And how about the flurries that are supposed to happen Thursday night/Friday morning?

I've concluded that the weather here is bipolar. It's the only explanation.

Also, I don't know what you're talking about, I see bears in Fairfax all the time.

Well, okay, no I don't. But I do see deer!

A big city thing.

Comment by John (not verified) Thu, 03/12/2009 - 02:55

I must say that DC going crazy over 1 inch of snow is a problem striking most big city's. My theory is that no matter in witch country your in if you get 1 inch of snow in a major city you get a chaos that will be called the worst snow storm ever in every newspaper.

I'm currently sitting on-board an icebreaker in the middle of the Bay of Bothnia around 64 degrees north and out side we are starting to get spring weather with only -4C, winds around 10m/s, moderate snowing and between 20-60 cm of ice on the sea.

ps: Thanks for a good comic.


Wow @ your name link.

Comment by Sovy Kurosei (not verified) Thu, 03/12/2009 - 04:02

Wow @ your name link.

Sorry Pete.

Comment by conrad Thu, 03/12/2009 - 09:35

I do believe this is easily the most impressive comment/picture combo yet posted to the site. Glad you're enjoying the comic! 


Comment by Emi (not verified) Thu, 03/12/2009 - 10:02

At least you didn't go to school in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, or in Yellowknife or something. That's really where the snow gets crazy. I will admit, though, that Rochester makes you tough against cold.

weather oddities eh?

Comment by jamie greene (not verified) Thu, 03/12/2009 - 19:09

this week in auburn washington, we had a day of snow that had a couple inches, then the next day was all super spring...HAH beat you by a day!


Comment by Chris (not verified) Thu, 03/12/2009 - 19:11

I went to school in ithaca and it was a similar experience. The winters just go on and on and on. There have definitely been some snowy may graduations in there.

Laughing For Days

Comment by Me (not verified) Sat, 03/14/2009 - 13:19

I love Yuko's expression

For some reason, panel two has created laughs for days

If you attended CDPS at any

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 04/14/2009 - 18:23

If you attended CDPS at any point, then you know true bliss when flurries hit DC >.>

Rochester Winter.

Comment by Mattie Sanvidge (not verified) Tue, 04/28/2009 - 14:54

Man, It's so true, I moved here from Albany,
and I go to MCC - It's like there is no spring, or fall, only summer winter. the jump is so ridiculous, people's bodies can't take the temperature change, and then you have a week of everyone sick/skipping class because it stopped April.

Ah, Rachacha

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 06/16/2009 - 16:13

Haha.. in Rochester as well here.
Yes... Rochester winter is brutal.
Though I can take the cold... Rochester summer is just as brutal. Hot AND humid. Gahhh.
But of course, the best part is that Monday it can be 20, Tuesday it can be 80, and Wednesday there can be a blizzard. In April. Mmm-mmm.

LOL much truth here!

Comment by Cydira (not verified) Wed, 06/17/2009 - 09:41

I live in upstate NY, about 30 min south of Rochester. Winters here are just foul, but I also hate the cold with a passion. When I went to college in Baltimore, MD (not so far away from DC), I was amused and shocked at the reaction that snow received by the folks around me. People got real upset when the gal from Michigan and I decided we were going to go for a quick drive around the block when there was a few inches of snow. LOL

Humidity wise, however, Baltimore & DC both = HELL! They claim that upstate NY is the land of the wet washcloth but we've got NOTHING on all y'all! Also when it gets hot down there... holy hell in a handbasket! I'll take the mud of spring and autumn, with a slice of summer drought over the endless heat and humidity starting in late MARCH and going until early NOVEMBER! :D

Loved the comic, brought back a lot of fun memories!


Comment by LaLa Land Rules (not verified) Tue, 06/30/2009 - 23:18

It's always *AWESOME* to have your hometown mentioned in anything whatsoever. Just so you know im in Rochester. I know i'm jumping on your wagon of cool a little late but i stumbled apon you guys from 'The Meek'. Dont point some kind of finger at me... :(. I swear i have a girlfriend! And she's HOT! Lol but yeah gotta love this comic. my name thing... doubles as my gamertag on XBox Live if any of you wanna hit me up that'd be sweet.

Our Winters Do To End...

Comment by Emily (not verified) Thu, 07/23/2009 - 00:45

...They're just extremely long. And cold. And filled with storms. And people in Oswego being trapped in their houses because the snow goes over their chimneys.

Honestly, it ends.


Amazing! In March 2008 I

Comment by Julie (not verified) Thu, 07/23/2009 - 04:15

Amazing! In March 2008 I was living in DC, and in March 2009 I was living in Rochester. Care to trade places again?

I miss Rochester winters

Comment by Rob (not verified) Sat, 09/19/2009 - 20:31

I fell in love with Rochester when I was at UR. I had to leave when I lost my job during Global Crossing's implosion, and now I'm stuck in the Mid-Hudson Valley. It's colder than Rochester in winter but without the pretty snow, and it's hotter than Rochester in the summer but with more insects.

You never had to worry about having a White Christmas in Rochester. The question was, would you have a White Thanksgiving? Or possibly a White Halloween?

The one time that I can recall everything closing down was 1999. Two feet of snow in 15 hours accompanied by 45 MPH winds. I kid you not, I still made it to work at Kodak from my Henrietta apartment, driving my Datsun 280ZX with all-season radials. If Kodak had plowed their damn parking lot I would have made it home, too. Of course,

You kind of have to like snow to like Rochester. :)

It's always cool (and kind

Comment by URstill (not verified) Sun, 10/04/2009 - 14:10

It's always cool (and kind of weird) hear Yuko reference Rochester, NY b/c I'm @ UR (as I think I happily commented years ago in her old blog...)...and now it's SUPER weird because my hometown is DC...^^

I actually like being cold though and curse DC humidity xD

Is that an Ante-lol-pe in

Comment by lefthandsum (not verified) Wed, 11/18/2009 - 01:45

Is that an Ante-lol-pe in the bottom panel there? :P

So true that it's sad.

Comment by Erica (not verified) Wed, 04/21/2010 - 17:22

I'm from Rochester. It's the 21st of April. It snowed last weekend. I have no idea why anyone lives here, including me.

True story

Comment by Pickleduck McWeaselpants (not verified) Fri, 07/30/2010 - 14:55

I was in DC in March 2009, and yes, this is highly accurate. The day my wife and I drove down from Ohio, it was in January, and a local radio station was making a big deal about it being 30 degrees outside and how people should bundle up. Considering when we started out the day, it was NEGATIVE 15 in Columbus...we were a bit shaken by the approach taken.

i just started reading your

Comment by kristen m. (not verified) Tue, 09/14/2010 - 16:06

i just started reading your comic and this is so true about rochester! i'm from there and we totally ignore how bad the weather is.. and we don't freak out haha

lol so true

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Wed, 08/10/2011 - 11:49

god this is so true XD the only reason we even get a snow day is if there's a huge huge! snow storm :\ and we only get like 2 months of summer/spring then its winter again :(


Comment by Kateweb (not verified) Sun, 03/18/2012 - 20:24

I Remember one fine day waking up to 2 feet of snow showing up over maybe 6 hours and still having to go in to class for an exam.

Growing up in Baltimore

Comment by Achromatic Hue (not verified) Wed, 11/28/2012 - 04:56

There's only one time I remember getting out of school for one inch of snow. Needless to say, it awesome. The fact that I specifically remember that snow day is a testament.

Also, my father grew up in Puerto Rico. They didn't get out for hot weather, but they got out if the temperature went below 40 degrees F. Of course, in the middle of the Caribbean this almost never happened, but still. ...Can you imagine?