Monday, December 13, 2010


     Like turkey and cranberries, tinsel and Douglas firs, nutmeg and egg nog, winter and anticipation are the perfect match. Our cold, short days are filled with anticipation for the great events of winter--the Holiday walk, the lighting of the first candle on the menorah, the descent down the stairs to see Santa's leavings.
     But no winter event sustains our hopes and anticipations the way the beloved Snow Day does. Who doesn't love a snow day? Who can stand the anticipation? Students bow down before the snow gods and would happily sacrifice their kid sister for the glorious feeling of a free pass, a break from the drudgery, to laze away in bed on a random Tuesday in the middle of January. The thrill of that prerecorded phone message at 5:45! The peaceful affirmation as Mount Greylock Regional scrolls across the bottom of the TV screen! The sad/happy sight as Mom and Dad trudges off to work!
     And let's not kid ourselves that students are the only ones who feel the excitement. Teacher X: "What? You mean we have no school? I can't go to work today? I have to correct papers in my pajamas, you say? Well, all right...but only if I HAVE to."

     The downside of the Snow Day, as we all know, is its unpredictability. Should you do your homework or not? Should you study for that Bio test or risk it? Work on that outside reading book or throw caution to the wind? You might delude yourself and say you'll get up early and study if it's looking like we might not have snow day, but let's be real. What you really want to know, though, is what are your odds?

     And that's how this blog will help. When you are weighing going skiing or writing that outline for that research paper, you need facts and reliable information and a one-stop shop for all things meteorology. So, for each storm this season, stop by for all the information you crave. You will receive up-to-the minute information outlining the chances of a snow day. You will be able to use the links on the right to make your own predictions, but know that you can't replace experience when it comes to New England weather. We've been predicting snow days at a 90% clip for the better part of four decades, so you know you're in good hands at Check in, check often, and bring on the snow!

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