Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore was on the
streets of Grantsville last filming a segment for his new series,
According to Cantore, the winter pattern of snowstorm
after snowstorm in the eastern half of the country was unusual enough
that the experts in winter weather tried to find the reason for snow on
the ground, in some places, from mid-December until early March.
They were having no luck finding a catalyst for the
weather pattern until it was brought to their attention that the storms
ceased and the weather warmed immediately after Grantsville, W.Va., took
down the snowflakes that they light up each December to brighten the
Meteorologists checked the data from the weather station
that was placed at Pleasant Hill a few years ago by the Dept. of
Homeland Security and found that Calhoun was the epicenter of the
“This past winter was the worst on record. There were
times when 49 of 50 states recorded snowfall on the same day! The storms
followed one after another, with no let-up to melt the accumulated snow
until the first week in March.
“We began looking for a reason why the snowstorms ended
as abruptly as they did. And after checking all available data, the one
thing that stood out was Grantsville removing their snowflakes from the
poles in town the first week in March,” said Cantore.
He went on to say, “Although we have yet to discover why
simple lights affixed to poles affected the nation’s weather as much as
it did, we hope to study the phenomenon by setting up a monitoring
station in Grantsville to keep track of weather changes in the immediate
area through the end of next winter.
We are even seriously considering asking the town
council to put up lights depicting raindrops if we run into a drought
situation this summer. Who knows, it can’t hurt.”
Many of the area’s senior citizens were speaking with
the Weather Channel crew, and as a group remembered that there used to
be bad winters around here. The only reason for those bad winters they
could think of, in light of the snowflake findings, was that there was
an eccentric old lady who lived on Main Street who refused to take her
Christmas lights and decorations down until the beginning of March. That
is about the time that the snow would melt and winter would be over.
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