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Do snowstorms lead to baby booms nine months later?

Kelsie Longerbeam
klongerbeam@sierrasun.com

Ever wondered how people keep busy during storms? Government data and reported birth rates show a lot of people get frisky when the weather gets extreme.

A recent study from Treetopia shows that big snowstorms correlate with an increase in births 9-10 months later.

"Absolutely," said Dr. Laura Corio, an OB/GYN at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, in an article by ABC news. "When we had [Hurricane] Irene, nine months later, I was so busy. I don't think it's a myth… I think these things do happen if you look back."

Superstorm Sandy ranks as the number one "sexiest storm" of all time. Hospitals reported spikes in birth rates of up to 30 percent higher than average, exactly 9 months after this superstorm-turned-snowstorm.

Buffalo, N.Y. had similar statistics. The "snowvember" blizzard of 2015 led to Mercy hospital reporting an estimated 25-30 percent increase in overall birth rates 9-10 months later. A typical day in the Mercy Hospital delivery room meant about six births a day. That number then jumped to 14-16 deliveries per day.

It is possible that this spike in births is just the result of couples with too much time on their hands when weather permits them from using the great outdoors. More scientific research points out that there may be a genetic component that increases the fertility rate when the human body senses a threat to the species' survival during an extreme weather event or catastrophe.

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With Truckee and Tahoe's recent power outages, and an anticipated big winter season this year, couples are advised to be prepared for the temptations of snowy, baby-making season. There are 25 big snowstorms already predicted nationwide for the 2017-2018 winter season.

So when preparing for what weather is arriving this winter, be sure to stock up on all items to get through this season's toughest days. And remember to prepare for what could possibly be arriving in August, too.

Kelsie Longerbeam is the news, business and environment reporter for the Sierra Sun and North Lake Tahoe Bonanza. She can be contacted at klongerbeam@sierrasun.com or 530-550-2653. Follow her on Facebook, and Twitter and Instagram @kelsielongerbm