Winter Storms May Be Ruining Your Life, But the Economy Is Fine

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A Brooklyn street is viewed the morning after a major winter storm on January 27, 2015 in New York City. Despite dire predictions, New York City was spared the worst of the storm, receiving up to a foot of snow in some areas. Subway buses were closed overnight while roadways were open only to emergency vehicles.
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While yet another snow storm hit the Rocky Mountains and Southern Plains overnight and it feels like it will never be warm again, this winter actually isn’t as bad as it could be. According to The Wall Street Journal, economists say that, so far, it looks like last winter’s cold snap was actually worse for the nation’s economy. Evan Gold, senior vice-president of client services at the weather advisory firm Planalytics, explains that while there’s a concentration of bad weather in the Northeast, business was slower last year “when there were more weather events across more population areas.” We still get the award for grossest winter, though, due to the frozen poop.