Seattle in the Snow

Seattle snow (From The Oatmeal.)

It’s widely understood that Seattle needs a better way to measure snowfall. However, what’s lacking is a solid proposal for how to measure snowfall around here. And so I have a proposal.

We should create a new unit of measurement: The Nickels. Named after Greg Nickels, who lost the mayorship of Seattle because he couldn’t manage the snow.

Now, there’s a couple of ways we could define the Nickels. It could be:

  • The amount of snow needed to cost a Mayor 10 points of approval rating
  • The amount of snow needed to cause a bus to slide down Olive way and teeter over the highway
  • 2 millimeters
  • Enough snow to reduce the coefficient of city road friction by 1%.

I’m not sure any of these are really right, so please suggest other ways we could define a Nickels in the comments.

4 thoughts on “Seattle in the Snow

  1. As for what a “Bilandic” is:

    1. The amount of snow needed to cause X hundred salt trucks to be dispatched
    2. The amount of snow needed to cause X number of parking spots to be reserved via the time-honored “dibs” system ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/meryddian/3189655796/ )
    3. The amount of snow necessary to cause dire warnings X days in advance (oooh…a leading indicator)

  2. The amount of snow needed for 85% of Seattle residents to abandon work and flee home. So, 3 flakes.

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