Syracuse NY broke records in November. Coldest November in 85 years, average temp for the month was 34.5f. First November on record to have a low temp below zero, the low on Black Friday was -1f. Total snowfall for the month was 22.8 inches, more than double the average, putting us at 6th snowiest November on record. Snowiest November 16th ever, with 8.2 inches recorded having fallen, more than twice the previous record.
And thats not mentioning the rain, if the rain had fallen as snow we’d have blown the snowfall totals out of the water. On the other hand, the rain keeps washing away the snow thats fallen already, and thats not a bad thing.
My work has been busy as hell. Between normal Christmas season craziness, and the snow fall, my department has managed sales well over our sales goals. Everyone wants a new snowblower this year, we’re struggling to keep the popular models in stock, but even the biggest one in store (priced $1699) is selling regularly.
So whats the company doing? They’re slashing hours of course. Normally as a part time employee I have 20 or so hours (or more) through New Years. By mid-January my hours have usually dropped to 1 or 2 days a week, both usually being short days, as our slow season gets going, that tends to last through mid-March-ish when spring starts to pick up. This year they’ve slashed hours early and that schedule is apparently starting in mid-December. So if you’re in a Home Depot in the middle of December, and you can’t find an employee to help you, please make sure you fill out the survey on your receipt and let corporate know what you think of their “cost saving measure” of slashing hours!