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ITHACA, N.Y. — As you stumbled bleary eyed into Monday morning to find cars and sidewalks covered in snow, did you realize you forgot how to stay warm during the winter?
Here’s one of our all time favorite suggestions for keeping warm from a video we made last winter:
“You need 1 – A thick girl. You need 2 – Netflix. And 3 – Lots of food,” an Ithacan said last year.
Other suggestions were more traditional — finding a local spot for a hot drink, chugging whiskey, and base layers.
Check out these five things about last winter that you probably wish we wouldn’t bring up again so soon in the season:
1 – The town of Ithaca had to ration snow salt
That’s right. The town’s Public Works Department Director Jim Weber said there was no “surplus salt” for the town to purchase because of a prearranged contract with suppliers.
But don’t think it was the town’s poor planning that resulted in the unavailability of snow. Weber said the town upped its road salt supply by 40 percent ahead of last year’s winter from the previous year.
What couldn’t be predicted, he said, was the severity of last winter when — at one point — it snowed every day for 16 days.
2- Ithaca made international news when it rumbled with the Florida Keys
It started as a joke. The Ithaca visitors’ bureau encouraged people on visitithaca.com to go to the Florida Keys instead of endure the city’s cold.
“Due to this ridiculously stupid winter,” the web site pop-up said, “Ithaca invites you to visit The Keys this week.”
The joke was quickly picked up by CNN, NPR and news outlets in the UK.
Ithaca Voice editor Jeff Stein even created a playful writing duel with editor of the Florida Keys Keynoter, Larry Kahn, debating the merits of both locations (I’m pretty sure Ithaca won the duel, but I am admittedly biased.).
3 – It snowed on the first day of spring
While the rest of the country greeted spring like an old friend carrying a bouquet of flowers, Ithaca was reminded that the winter just WOULD NOT END.
The National Weather Service estimated that about two inches of snow was scheduled to fall March 20 — along with everyone’s spirits.
4 – And the snow kept falling a month later
Just when Ithaca was lulled into a false sense of feeling like maybe the beautiful summer sun was on the horizon — BOOM! It snowed on April 23.
Ithacans were so mad about seeing more of the white stuff, they did they only thing they could do –they complained about it on social media.
5 – Some variation of this headline:
Actually, maybe it’s not too late to head to the Florida Keys.
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