Does Mother Nature have an OWS exit strategy? (Updated)

Russ Steele

I was reading this story and wondered if maybe Mother Nature has an exit strategy for the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators.

U.S. winter may be coldest in decade, says forecaster at Business Week.

The coming U.S. winter may be the coldest in more than 10 years. 

Temperatures will range from 1 to 3 degrees F(0.5 to 1.7 C) below normal across much of the U.S., about 2.4 percent colder than last year, said Commodity Weather Group LLC in its seasonal forecast.

November is expected to be 9.3% percent colder than last year. . . 

What do you think?  Will the weather bring an end to the demonstrations. It is hard to be cold and wet when you have no idea why you were there in the first place.

Update (10-28-11)  Too early for snow? Up to 6 inches forecast for East Coast

National Weather Service issues winter storm watch for Pa., Md., Va. and W. Va.

In some cities, activists were scouting locations indoors, including vacant buildings or other unused properties, possibly even foreclosed homes, though some question the wisdom of holding a protest outside the public eye.

Lighting campfires was probably out of the question in most places because of safety regulations.

Boston’s Occupy movement, which has roughly 300 overnight participants and could face some of the most brutal weather of any city with a major encampment, has set up a winterization committee that will try to obtain super-insulated sleeping bags and other winter survival gear.

Activists from the movement’s flagship encampment, consisting of hundreds of people in New York City’s Zuccotti Park, are sorting through packages arriving daily that include coats and jackets.

“I welcome the challenge of this cold weather,” said Dwayne Hudson, a landscaper who has been living at the Occupy Denver site for nearly two weeks. “This is like war. You know, soldiers do it when they occupy a place. I’m sure the mountains of Afghanistan get pretty cold.”

But after the first snowfall, he admitted: “It’s getting tough.”

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About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

4 Responses to Does Mother Nature have an OWS exit strategy? (Updated)

  1. Dave Cranfield says:

    In addition to the weather, Brett Arends a columnist who has written for Boston Globe, Market Watch, WSJ and TheStreet.com writes 5 reasons OWC will fail. 1. They are in the wrong place. 2. No clear agenda. 3. The Weather is turning. 4. Money Talks. 5. We’ll forget about it.

    Article here: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-occupy-wall-street-will-fail-2011-10-19

  2. Russ says:

    Dave,

    Thanks for the link. I agree with all five points.

  3. Russ says:

    Story in the UK Telegraph: Only one in 10 St Paul’s protesters stay overnight

    Just one in 10 of the tents at the Occupy London Stock Exchange camp which has closed St Paul’s Cathedral are occupied at night, it can be revealed.

    The camp forced St Paul’s to close for the first time since the Blitz and is costing local businesses thousands of pounds a day.

    But most of the protesters are heading home to sleep in their own beds at night.

    Infra red images taken by a police helicopter during the early hours show that only around 20 of the 200 tents on the encampment actually have people staying in them.

    The Daily Telegraph has shot its own video of the St Paul’s camp using thermal imaging equipment which appears to confirm these claims.

    The protesters are aware of the vacancies and allocate empty tents to newcomers and anyone staying for the day.

    Details including IR photo evidence can be found HERE. I predicted that this will happen in the US cities when Mother Nature lowers the temperatures and adds some rain and snow to the miserry.

    Anthony Watts has some more info HERE including photos.

  4. gjrebane says:

    I can see it now – Obama mobilizes FEMA to erect tents, shelters, clinics, toilets, cafeterias, … to sustain the Occupiers during the harsh weather months. The diversion must be maintained so Obama can point to the “99%” he is trying to help.

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