Is it just me or does it seem like lately weather forecasting has taken a page for the Monster Truck announcers handbook?
Coming this Friday, Friday, Friday 10cms of snow. You heard me 10cms of snow!
A whooping 10cms, hunh? Oh no, I’d better buy supplies and flares. I should sock in some firewood because, 10cms of snow might just be higher than the toe of my boot…
Oh, brother. Maybe the news stations feel we have become so unacclimatized(yep, I made that word up) to our weather than we need excessive warnings in order to properly prepare ourselves.
To be fair, 10cms of snow can wreak more havoc in the heart of the Big Smoke (Toronto) than the mild irritation it causes people who live in more uncramped, rural areas. Maybe the forecasters need a reminder of where we live. This is Canada, or at least last time I checked, not Florida. I can see a little snow being a concern there, but here? It’s freakin’ February. 10cms of snow is something we get in November, maybe March, but February? Warn me when the snowfall is expected to exceed 8-10 inches (20-25 centimeters for all you people who learned metric first). The further north you go, the more laughable this becomes.
You’d think that after the whole “storm of the century” fiasco, that they’d be more judicious in labeling weather.
The worst 10cms of snow will do is make driving a bit slippery. So instead of warning us to prepare for the copious amount of snow, they should focus the message towards who they real want it to get to. Something like this would fit the bill;
“Hey idiot. Ya, you, the one that leaves the house already late for work. The one that eats, shaves, applies make-up, reads reports, all on their way to work, all while driving a vehicle. Drag your lazy ass out of bed early. Give yourself plenty of time, and don’t rush to work. In other words, don’t kill anybody because work only pays you for 8-5 and, dammit, you aren’t giving them one minute extra even if it means slaughtering innocents in order to do so.”
10cms? Really? With the emphasis they put on that measurement, Freud would have a heyday. For most, 10cms is something to be content with, not to brag about and definitely not something that requires a warning.
Seriously, weather people, calm down. We realize that you can’t accurately predict the weather, and we really don’t hold it against you when you’re wrong. The people who do, well they need a hobby and maybe to cut back on the Ritalin.
I realize that everything nowadays is EXTREMEREMEREME (echo). Extreme sports, Extreme flavour etc. But extreme weather forecasting is taking it a bit far dontcha think?
What do you say, most honorable readers? Is 10cms a concern to you? Am I being a bit harsh? Don’t you hate THOSE drivers? Can’t stamps and envelopes taste better?