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March 1, 2009

snoWatch: March rages in like a lion

by Sophie Schwadron, Online Editor-in-Chief and Kiera Zitelman, Online Editor-in-Chief
A watched pot never boils, right? As soon as we considered our snow day prospects over, winter finally arrives, albeit fashionably late. Since Valentine's Day, we've shed our jackets for our windbreakers, we've again found our place in the Cold Stone line and we've started online window shopping for bathing suits (unless that's just us...). Heck, even spring sports tryouts began on Saturday. But not so fast, summer breeze: the Weather Channel predicts four to eight inches (not to be confused with 48 - that fast-talking meteorologist fooled us too) of snow overnight.
Keep your fingers crossed and your pajamas inside out - though for once, luck isn't the only thing we're counting on. Molly Brune
Keep your fingers crossed and your pajamas inside out - though for once, luck isn't the only thing we're counting on.

So what's a cautious Blazer to do? We have devised below a helpful guide just in time to assist you in making that critical decision of whether or not to complete your homework. (Spoiler alert: school will probably be closed.)

Predictions - where we make up fake numbers based on actual facts

Chance of delayed opening: 97 percent

Early risers saw a beautiful scene this morning - a light dusting of snow already on the ground, with more coming down. And that was before the blizzard - yes, blizzard - forecasts were made this afternoon. The Weather Channel predicts a low of 25 degrees over night, and a 100 percent chance of precipitation (we're not the best at math, but Statistics class did teach us not to joke around with a full pie). Monday morning brings a balmy 27 degrees and an 80 percent chance of precipitation. Since we're seasoned (ha, ha) meteorologists, we deduce that there will be ice on the roads. A delayed opening is virtually guaranteed. We stake our second semester senior grades on it.

Chance of closing: 80 percent

Chance of precipitation squared minus number of previous snow days plus temperature in Celsius divided by the three hours of homework that these two writers did not do today equals approximately an 80 percent chance of closed school tomorrow. If that complicated equation doesn't do it for you, take a look outside your window. It's already snowing. And because accumulation is what really matters, it's already sticking (like Chris Brown and Rihanna's relationship - didn't see that one coming). Also, the weather maps on the news took were all sorts of weird colors - you know, the ones that only appear when it's that magical time of the year (who decided that pink is a good color for snow? Really?).

We've heard the old adage, "When it rains, it pours" - well, Silver Chips Online believes that when it snows, we snore.

And if it should happen that MCPS decides to leave schools open tomorrow, Silver Chips Online calls for a mass forking of the MCPS headquarters (but you didn't hear it from us).



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  • sco fan on March 1, 2009 at 10:06 PM
    haha sophie and kiera, love you guys! and i hope your numbers are right!
  • Forking on March 1, 2009 at 10:25 PM
    I heard once that the Blair Air Band was forked.

    Perhaps it was by similar culprits.
  • david on March 2, 2009 at 12:12 AM
    similar culprits as in they both fork?

    my guess is 2 hour delay at least tuesday
  • blazer on March 2, 2009 at 4:25 AM
    come on, it's like almost 5! mcps, get with the program.
  • Dr. Jeremiah Weast IV on March 2, 2009 at 10:30 AM
    I don't think we should fork the mcps headquarters. Who knows what kind of crazy prank they might pull in response? There are some groups that one just shouldn't mess with.
  • liberal on March 2, 2009 at 11:24 AM
    Jerry doesn't have the balls to do anything beyond sitting at his desk and complain.
    • Fredrick on March 4, 2009 at 8:05 AM
      Is that a teacher or what .?
  • asdff on March 2, 2009 at 5:54 PM
    It's official - two hour delay tomorrow (Tuesday).
  • laura on March 2, 2009 at 9:37 PM
    haha, you kids are two clever, this might be one of the best snow watches yet!
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