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Dec. 4, 2005

snoWatch: Back with a vengeance…and a chopper

by Alex Mazerov, Page Editor, Christopher Consolino, Page Editor and Grace Harter, Page Editor
Upstaging last year's 110 percent accuracy, this year's batch of multi-talented journameteorologists are kicking off the snoWatch season with an unheard of 9.99 percent more precision – free! It's a Christmas – excuse us – "holiday" special.
Behold the future of snoWatching innovation and technology. Christopher Consolino
Behold the future of snoWatching innovation and technology.

According to our allegedly trustworthy friends at NOAA, there is a 50 percent chance of 1-2 inches of snow accumulation on Monday after 1 p.m. and a well-deserved 80 percent chance of 3-5 inches of accumulation during Monday night. But here at snoWatch, we've learned a thing or two about embellishing acurizing our predictions.

To collect such mind-bogglingly accurate data look to our very own Grace Harter in the one-of-a-kind SCOpter, courtesy of the MBHS slush fund (Yeah. You heard us. Ever wonder why it costs five bucks for an ID?).

snoWatch predictions:

Chance of early release (Monday): 3 percent
Chance of delay (Tuesday): 60 percent
Change of closure (Tuesday): 35 percent
Margin of error: like we'd ever lie to you

There seems to be no hope for getting out of school on Monday, but Tuesday is looking good. Provided that it begins snowing late enough and long enough, we could be looking at a two-hour delay or maybe even a snow day.

So put those PJs on inside out, throw ice cubes out the window and perform any other snow ritual there is to get us a day off!

snoWatch question: Where is Jeremy, the fourth editor-in-chief and, more importantly, snoWatch team member? If found, please return to room 165.

NOTE: As of noon on Monday, snow predictions vary from site to site. Currently, still predicts between three and five inches of accumulation tonight, while NOAA has reduced their forecast to between one and three inches. Our recommendation: Do your homework (just in case).

2:10 p.m.: It's official, the snow is coming down over Blair!

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  • sco lover <33 on December 4, 2005 at 11:16 PM

    and in my heart <333

    my big, sco-loving heart <33333333
  • c on December 4, 2005 at 11:18 PM
    come on, snoWatch team, show some solidarity!
  • varun on December 4, 2005 at 11:25 PM
    haha you guys rock
  • ????!?? on December 4, 2005 at 11:34 PM
    omg that copter looks like it was drawn by max wasserman
  • No-Rah on December 4, 2005 at 11:42 PM
    How insanly hilarious. Oooo goodness.

    You shouldn't let Grace fly the SCOpter tho, because we all know she's just going to crash it into something.

    Also, Jeremy is probably off stealing candy from a baby or hitting elderly ladies with their walkers.
  • asdf on December 4, 2005 at 11:59 PM
    you guys are funny.... but wrong. thank god. =)
  • someone actually not on the st on December 5, 2005 at 12:20 AM
    Originally, I wrote a long comment about how far snoWatch has fallen and admonished the overreliance on the all-too predictable crude graphics, purposefully misspelled words and self-serving jokes... but that wasn't very constructive.

    If you're going to put snoWatch on the front page and leave it up as a top story for a long period of time while other more pressing issues occur in the Blair-related universe (which hasn't happened yet, but did last year), you should really think about going down one of these paths:
    a) Spending more time on the humor so that it comes off as less amateur. Or at least make it longer so there are more possibilities for laughs.
    b) Not making snoWatch the top story.
    c) Moving it away from such a heavy humor slant and more towards a weather/news article. Remember, snoWatch USED to have a lot more weather and prediction info, like quotes from experts, which was accompanied by humor. Granted, they weren't the most hard-hitting and lengthy features, but, now, it's hard to tell what exactly this is.

    Then, and only then, will snoWatch again make sense to publish.

    Just some thoughts...
  • dude on December 5, 2005 at 6:28 AM
    come on, says 80% chance for 2-5 inches. no way mcps stays open for that especially if it freezes over in damascus!
  • Dude on December 5, 2005 at 7:40 AM
    Dude ask Donaldson, he's like the weather Guru
  • QBaum (View Email) on December 5, 2005 at 10:09 AM
    You'd think if they could get a copter we could just buy a day off....100% chance
  • xafd on December 5, 2005 at 10:32 AM
    loves it
  • haha on December 5, 2005 at 5:58 PM
    haha good stuff...but i want to fly the copter!
  • re: someone actually not on th on December 5, 2005 at 6:14 PM
    give the guys a break. it's funny, it might be not as funny as the professionals, but I like it.
  • :( on December 5, 2005 at 6:16 PM
    Now it's down to 1 to 2 inches. We better at least get a delay.
  • oh no! on December 5, 2005 at 7:23 PM
    we might not even get any snow lol.
  • Emily on December 5, 2005 at 8:19 PM
    I LOVE snoWatch! Don't listen to all the pundits and the haters, y'all rock!
  • Josh on December 5, 2005 at 8:25 PM
    Sweeeeet to see SnoWatch back. But i think that they should be locked in a basement and forced to make updates every 15 minutes.
  • xfhftgjmnfjhfgh on December 5, 2005 at 11:20 PM
    It doesn't look like there's enough snow :( :( :( :( :(
  • yepyep on December 6, 2005 at 12:00 AM
    I completely agree with Josh. I NEED UPDATES. Anyways... 12:06AM and im thinking school is a yes tomorrow. *frown*
  • close, but not quite on December 6, 2005 at 6:21 AM
    two hours late today
  • hmmmm on December 6, 2005 at 1:19 PM
    first i wanted you all locked down in the basement to keep us updated. now i just want you locked down for being wrong! *sniff*
  • guy on December 6, 2005 at 7:39 PM
    when's the next snowatch? i heard friday is gonna be snowy...
  • Anonymous on December 6, 2005 at 9:24 PM
    Thursday night into Friday, 50% chance of snow. Possibility of 7-9 inches. Cross your fingers.
  • Anonymous on December 7, 2005 at 5:30 PM
    Up to 80% chance of snow. Forecast of 6-12 inches.
  • asdklfsdkfjdsa on December 7, 2005 at 6:12 PM
    no one cares where jeremy is
  • Snowatcher from winters past on December 8, 2005 at 11:19 AM
    Have a great three day weekend, kids. Wish we still got snow days in college.
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