Skip to main content

Impacts of Cold Weather on Economic Development

With the recent polar vortex sweeping the northeast, midwest, and southeast, I figure it would be interesting to note the affects of the inclement weather on economic development, trade, and commerce.
  • Transportation- Roads close. People aren't as willing to drive if the roads are icy or slippery. Truck drivers and their employers delay their shipments until conditions are safer. Fewer trucks means fewer goods delivered. Trucks and passenger cars not moving means less production of goods and services.
    • Airways- Flights (passenger and cargo) are often delayed due to inclement weather, domestically and internationally. Again this affects people's abilities to go to work and the delivery of goods and services.
    • Railroads- Just like airways, cargo and passenger delays leads to potential supply shortages, lost sales, and travelers' inability to get to work.
  • Schools- Maybe not true for most places, but in the southeast, everything closes at the mention of snow. Schools are typically the  first to trigger the chain of closings and delays. Education is the root of workforce development. In addition, school systems are often large employers. 
  • Water- Water main breaks are often expected as old pipes burst.
  • Power- Power outages often occur when abnormal temperatures arrive. No heat or light usually means businesses don't open and people stay home. Technologically, data and information becomes inaccessible or nonexchangeable. 
  • Banks- Banks closings and delays leads to fewer financial transactions. Businesses may have to wait for loans.
  • Grocery Stores- The demand for bread and milk skyrockets.
Matthew

  

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The Synth Sounds

I am excited to share that my first jazz project is nearing completion. (Also why this is my first post this month).

Other than piano, you can definitely expect to hear sounds of 1980's and 1990's-era synthesizers filtered throughout the upcoming album.

I admire the newer sounds we have today, but none of them quite replicate the original, synth-led sounds of 80's and 90's music.

In my opinion, 80's and 90's sounds present the perfect crossover of analog and digital mixes that were limitless in use and expression.

It is no wonder that modern synthesizers today still draw inspiration from 80's and 90's technology. It was simply some of the most innovative audio machinery ever created.

No shame here. Expect 80's and 90's vibes to come your way in my upcoming project.

Stay Tuned!!!


A pile of my module racks from the 80's and 90's used and simulated on my upcoming jazz album.

CFC Youth Day

CFC Youth Day was nothing short of remarkable.

Children, teenagers, young adults (my generation) sang, danced, praised, and worshiped God with passion, love, joy, energy, and sincerity.

We led, both, the 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM services and the LORD ministered through us in His own powerful way.

I am very grateful to have preached at the 10:00 AM service. (Came from 2 Timothy 1:7).

Something amazing happens when we move ourselves out of the way and allow the LORD to communicate His Word through us. He does for us what we cannot do for ourselves. And when you summarize the meaning He brings to life, you realize that all the of the glory belongs to Him.

The reality of God's presence gives life, and everything we involve ourselves in, brand new meaning.

God's awesomeness was displayed in a monumental way today. A flame was kindled in our youth and the church as a whole.

Today was special.

Big thanks to everyone who helped make today such a great success, you know who you are!

Churc…

Birdland

Last night, the very last night of our NYC vacation, my parents and I attended a jazz show at the legendary Birdland.

GRAMMY nominated jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson was in the house.

Before I go any further, I must give kudos to Allyson and her band consisting of Miro Sprague (piano & Rhodes), Jeff Johnson (upright & electric bass), and Jerome Jennings (drums). They were great!

Allyson's clear voice and the band's musical prowess made for a top-quality performance. There is no room to doubt: everyone on the stage last night were professionals.

Being at Birdland is an experience, if anything, because of its rich history in providing a venue in entertainment-rich Manhattan for jazz artists and musicians.

This is the same Birdland that George Shearing wrote "Lullabye of Birdland" about and artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Dexter Gordon, Lionel Hampton, Sarah Vaughan, Quincy Jones, Chaka Khan, Amy Winehouse, Mel Torme, Erroll Garner, and Nikki Yanofsky later sang …