Because of this picture of Brendan, forwarded to me by Mark:
That would be the walkway to Brendan’s house in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where they’ve had 43 inches of snow in the month of January.
For reference purposes, Brendan is somewhere between 5’9″ and 6′ tall (I can’t remember exactly. Brendan?).
Say what you will about crazy California weather, at least (except for mudslides and the occasional bit of quake rubble) we don’t have to shovel anything.