Winter Storms 2014
Here’s just one example: payments using Square plummeted 70% during last month’s storm
When all of us are hunkered down at home, it means no one’s going out for drinks or dinner or a haircut or to a gallery opening. For hourly workers, small retailers, and people in the food and service industries, the shutdown of metro Atlanta—twice!—in a month means millions in lost revenue.
Some of the best snow (ice) day photos
This time around, most people stayed home ahead of the storm, or at least got home in a reasonable time. So those who still have power (or at least, charged cell phones) have been celebrating the rare sight of frozen Atlanta.
The prospect of a second snowpocalypse spawned a whole subgenre of social media posts.
Okay, after being trapped in gridlock two weeks ago, and the dire warnings of a storm of historical proportions this week, can you blame Atlantans for freaking out? Evidently, when bad weather looms, we all crave carbs. Here's a collection of the best of the pre-storm "surge at the supermarket" photos, now a social media specialty of its own.
Snow and ice won’t keep them idle
Serious exercisers aren't put off by the doom and gloom snow, rain, and sleet hitting Atlanta. They find ways to hit the streets, ride bikes, or lug laundry in order to get their exercise fix.
With another winter blast headed for metro Atlanta, the governor and mayor are working hard to redeem themselves.
For parents this latest weather crisis means more snow days, cabin fever, and scrambling for childcare—the APS, DeKalb, and Fulton school systems already announced closures. For businesses, the storm means more disruption. For Deal and Reed, on the other hand, the prospect of ice, rain, or sleet falling from the heavens is a heaven-sent opportunity for a political do-over. Which means that voters will be watching their response as closely as the governor and mayor are watching the skies.
Atlanta’s MARTA mayor on why last week’s wintry gridlock was 50 years in the making and what should happen next.
Last Tuesday night, huddled behind the steering wheel in an overcoat, gloves and a hat, Buckhead Coalition president Sam Massell was gridlocked on Atlanta’s main artery, stuck in the slush with the rest of us. As his usual 16-minute Buckhead commute down Peachtree Road slid into an hour, Massell, 86, had time to reflect on half a century of metro Atlanta's mass transit maladies.
Cast member Taran Killam plays stereotypical southerner Buford Calloway in the bit
Jon Stewart on Atlanta’s “ice age doomsday zombie apocalypse”
Just like Georgia governor Nathan Deal’s response to Tuesday’s wintry mix, Atlantans were completely blindsided Thursday night when Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with John Stewart devoted six minutes of airtime to mocking us mercilessly. Describing our traffic snarling weather event as an “ice age doomsday zombie apocalypse,” Stewart pondered: “I can’t even imagine how much snow it would take to bring on the zombie apocalypse. Three feet? Ten feet?” Cut to a clip of a Fox News anchor: “Two inches of snow hit the area.” “Really?” asked Stewart. “Two inches of snow? Is that what happens when the south is confronted by something not specifically mentioned in Revelations?”
There were more similarities between Snowpocalypse and The Walking Dead than just gridlocked roads
The jokes comparing the Snowpocalypse to The Walking Dead’s zombie apocalypse have been endless, so we decided to have a match-up of our own.
Georgians may not know how to drive in snow, but Southern hospitality can sure thaw a frosty day.
So I really hate to admit it, but I remember Atlanta’s Snow Jam 1982—back before most of you reading this post were even born. And, yes, I believe it was actually the first local snowfall with a name. Nobody saw the storm coming, and all of Downtown took off at exactly 2 pm. Sound familiar?