You might assume that parents up and down the East Coast spent Saturday bundling their kids up like tiny Michelin Men, taking them out to experience the wonders of snow, and then coming back and un-bundling them 5 minutes later because it was freezing out. But, according to the economist who wrote a definitive report on baby-making patterns and bad weather events, plenty of parents may have spent the day … differently.
Brigham Young professor Richard Evans crunched the data on birth rates 9 months after several major weather events, like New York’s 1965 blackout and various storms from 164 counties across the Atlantic and Gulf Coast. Altogether, he found a 2 percent bump in babies born after things like hurricanes and blizzards, and he told NPR that the snowstorm some called Jonas (and others called “When The Hell Did We Start Naming Snowstorms?”) could be one such “harvesting” event. But Evans hedged that bet, pointing out that really severe weather events can sometimes result in fewer babies being conceived, because people are too busy actually riding out the storm to … you know … ride out the storm.
With governors from most of the affected states patting themselves on the back for how well they handled the Blizzard Of 2016, you might surmise that the storm was a baby-making event. Time will tell but if, in the meantime, you feel like you missed out because you were too busy making memories with your kids to make more kids, here are a few pointers on getting back on track in the sack (just in case).