We can pretend that today's snow was some kind of six-sigma event but the reality is that Winter weather shouldn't really surprise residents.
What is surprising . . .
KANSAS CITY STREETS SUFFER FROM SUCH INCREDIBLE DISREPAIR THAT THE SLIGHTEST INCLEMENT WEATHER SHUTS DOWN THIS TOWN!!!
Call it misplaced priorities OR maybe a conspiracy to push everybody without access to a 4-wheel-drive truck out of the loop.
Either way we ask . . .
WHO SHOULD KANSAS CITY BLAME FOR TODAY'S WINTER SHUT DOWN?!?!?
Critics claim Mayor Sly & City Manager Troy Schulte should face rebuke over this longtime deferred maintenance gone horribly wrong today.
- Local streets look like a war zone filled with bombed out craters - 1400 and trending upward.
- Lackluster snow removal efforts have been a consistent complaint throughout the Winter.
- The tenure of Mayor Sly James has been almost completely focused on development perks along with outright animosity toward drivers thanks to Bike/Walk advocates.
All of these criticism are deflected by hype for public works admit this snowstorm seem to be designed to to keep everyone off the streets. But the fact is that bigger, better cities don't shut down during winter like this town.
However . . .
The big picture is even scarier . . .
WEATHER FEAR MONGERS BLAME GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE & PREZ TRUMP FOR KANSAS CITY'S WINTER OF DISCONTENT!!!
As the Prez attempts to myth-bust fear of global climate change skepticism many critics say he's really part of the problem.
Nevertheless, this blame game is important if only because nobody in KCMO is stepping up to talk honestly about the sad state of local roads or work towards a solution.
Accordingly, these news links offer a glimpse around the metro and the world in search of an explanation of today's FAIL . . .
Kansas City Helping Hand
OLATHE, Kan. - In these frigid temperatures, there are plenty of warm hearts. As the snow continued to fall Friday at Larry Hoff's home in Olathe, he broke out his snowblower - a Valentine's Day gift - so he could get to work and do an act of kindness for his neighbor, who is recovering from heart surgery.
Prez Double Take
Donald Trump attacked Amy Klobuchar on Sunday, in a tweet that appeared to demonstrate a lack of understanding about climate change. The Democratic senator had announced that she was running for the presidency earlier that day, in a speech delivered as snow fell around her in Minneapolis.
Local Snowbound Warning
Anita Hendricks SOURCE: Anita Hendricks MoDOT is urging motorists to avoid unnecessary travel on the roadways Friday due to escalated snowfall rates.As forecasted, heavy snow moved into the Kansas City viewing around around 9 a.m. and is expected to continue through Friday evening.
Local Plow Probs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - After another snow storm blanketed the Kansas City metro area Friday, crews are just as fed up with winter, as those who live there. For the past three winter seasons, Betty Marcos has been a snow plow driver for the Kansas Department of Transportation.
Han Solo Saves Earth???
Harrison Ford has taken a thinly veiled swipe at Donald Trump over climate change. Speaking on the final day of the World Government Summit in Dubai, the Star Wars actor said those who "deny or denigrate science" will end up on the wrong side of history.
Lesson In Make Up Daze
It feels like it hasn't stopped snowing since Thanksgiving weekend, and school's being called off frequently. That may have parents wondering exactly how many days their kids will have to make up. The answer: It depends. Kansas City Public Schools are currently scheduled to end May 31 - already a week later than originally planned.
The World According To Troy
Seg. 1: Winter Update With Kansas City Manager. Seg. 2: Reporter's Bias Claim Ends In Mixed Verdict.
From the future of a downtown ballpark to "pothole management" to streetcar expansion, we talked with the city manager about several big issues on the minds of Kansas Citians. Schulte also addressed caller questions, and says of rising water costs in Kansas City, "we're hopeful we can get a new environmental agreement done for the next 17 years of the plan, and the days of double-digit rate increases are over."
Kansas City Uphill Battle
"Everybody knew what the weather was going to be like today, and they still wanted to go out," plow driver Adam Shelton said.
Cowtown Forecast Update
The snow will get lighter but roads will still be snow packed. Temps will drop down to about 8 degrees. On Saturday, look for partly cloudy skies with a high of...
Wasted Kansas City
OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -- The ice storm that came through weeks ago, leaving cities caked in layers of ice and snow and weighed down trees, is still having lasting effects in most areas. Many have piles of debris are still laying at the edge of their properties.
AOC Fights The Future
C osmos has a terrific interview in its latest issue with Michael Mann, the professor of atmospheric science at Penn State who has been a winter soldier in the climate battles ever since inventing the "hockey stick" graph that Al Gore made famous in An Inconvenient Truth.
Kansas City Stays Losing Winter
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Friday snow in the metro is impacting restaurants in the downtown area. "I've been tired, I was tired before Christmas came," said Valerie Soil. It is safe to say, some are starting to get winter fatigue this season. "Its a wet mess, a wet mess," said Soil.
You decide . . .