In another thread bordelond noted that there’s a big difference in the terror level of an earthquake or hurricane for people who are used to them and those who are not:
This got me thinking about blizzards. We get several a decade, and while they massively suck, putting out the power and heat and making you shovel a back-breaking amount of snow, we tend to get fair warning that they’re coming and they don’t strike the locals as particularly dangerous. Not earthquake or tornado dangerous, certainly, but on par with a tropical storm or the weakened hurricanes that appear up here once in a great while.
Oh, there have been people who have died during blizzards, but these days that’s pretty rare. If you’re from here you tend to know your limits, when not to wander outside during the thick of it because visibility is low or it’s too cold (and few of us farm and have livestock that need us to venture out to tend to them, which used to be how many people died during blizzards), and I think there are more people who freeze to death after getting locked out of the house on stormless cold nights than during blizzards anyway.
And yeah, there can be a very big, very damaging blizzard, but the last one of massively devastating proportions that happened here was just before my first birthday, so that’s super rare too. As long as it’s not feet of heavy wet snow determined to collapse your roof, you’re probably going to be okay. Cold and annoyed, but okay.
But this is coming from someone who has lived in a snowy place her whole life. Are they scarier to people who get caught in them unexpectedly?
I’m curious what level of danger they seem to people who live places that don’t get lots of snow. Less than say two feet a year, maybe.