It’s now December. Where’s the snow?

Meteorologists had predicted a rough winter for Chicago, with heavy snow that would start in November. An average winter blesses us with 39 inches; the forecasters promised more than 50. “People in Chicago are going to want to move after this winter,” Josh Nagelberg, a meteorologist with, warned in October. WGN-TV’s Tom Skilling said Chicago was in store for extra snow because of a “La Niña” event—cooling of water in the equatorial Pacific.

But Skilling et. al. were overlooking a crucial event right here at home: Rahm Emanuel’s election as mayor. If snow wants to land here now, it first must clear it with Chicago’s El Niño Numero Uno.