Why do we choose to live in these sorts of risky, and sometimes downright inhospitable, places? It’s because Americans have long had the audacity to believe that we can conquer the weather with our ingenuity—and, for the most part, we’re actually doing a pretty good job.
Portland, Maine, for instance, doesn’t bat an eye when a snow storm blows through. The city has the equipment and expertise to clear the snow. Its residents, too, know how to prepare.
They buy food in bulk once they get a blizzard warning, and know how to put special tires on their cars once winter arrives. Snow, in other words, is pretty blasé up there.