By Karly Shire
Remember the good old days, when a heavy snow storm meant a day off from school and fun in the snow? Well now it means driving in terrible conditions, wearing 10 pounds of clothing, and of course destruction.
The video shows the destruction of the Cheat Lake Marina after Storm Troy. Chunks of ice floated down the river, ripping off every dock in it’s path. The current was so strong that it swept up the docks and carried them miles away from where the once were.
Cheat Lake Marina is looking at a several hundred dollar project, but they do plan on opening in time for the Summer season. Cheat Lake has experienced the damaging effects a winter storm can cause, fortunately the damage is all reparable and no one was hurt.
Winter storms can have devastating effects. It seems that winter progressively gets worse each and every year. “Snowmageddon” and “Snowpocalypse” have become a popular way to describe the snow storms this country, particularly the northeast, has faced.
Many people relate these heavy winter storms to global warming. While I’m not a scientist, I would assume warming means getting hotter–this assumption is correct. According to a Washington Post article, global warming enhances extreme snowfall because the intense heat that occurs on the other hemisphere combines with the cold air, creating a winter nor’easter.
With winters getting more and more severe, they are costing states more to repair the damage done. One of the biggest problems (and not just in West Virginia) is potholes. Road repairs from the freezing and thawing of pavement is a big bill. Big cities, like New York and Boston, spend millions of dollars in winter recovery plans, much of which goes to filling potholes.
The destruction of the Cheat Lake Marina was just a small look into what a winter storm can cause. Global warming becomes a bigger problem every year, affecting every one.