Thursday, January 17, 2008

Wet firecracker.

Once again that wacky Appalachian winter weather lets me down.

Yesterday the K-town media was abuzz with "Snow! Snow! Cry 'havoc!' and let slip the salt trucks of war!" Radio stations had reporters on location at the DOT outposts explaining how brine sprays work. DeeJays were promising to have the most up-to-date school and business closing lists first thing in the AM. The National Weather Service was calling for a one-to-three inch accumulation of the white stuff down here in the valley. I went home, and it was sleeting mixed with snow as I got ready for bed. I wore my pyjamas inside out which, as every third grader from Macon to Charlotte knows, helps the snow stick to pavement. I left the porch light on when I went to sleep, because...

...I sprang out of bed at 4:59 in the AM and half-pattered, half-skipped across the apartment to look out the window into the pre-dawn dark and see...

...a wet, sullen drizzle falling into puddles on the ground.

Dear National Weather Service: You suck. Again.

16 comments:

jimbob86 said...

I gotcher snow. And you can have it.


ver- word oscrjaid -Is that like when your vapid peers give you another pointless award, and it doesn't seem to matter?

BobG said...

I've found that my joints predict the weather with higher accuracy than the weather man. Around here when they predict snow, you just flip a coin; heads he's right, tails he's wrong.

Jay G said...

1-3" and they cancel school?

Well, I do suppose that up our way we have more of an infrastructure for snow removal than down your way.

You've just gotta hope the Zombacalypse isn't preceded by a snowstorm, tho'... ;)

Anonymous said...

Weatherman was spot on over this way, went from snow to sleet then to slushy rain just like they said it would.

OA said...

Looks like a better shot is settin' up Saturday or so. You'll know it'll happen if the Weather Channel says it'll be 45 with rain.

Jenny said...

we got some extra - just come on up and you can take home all ya want.

rickn8or said...

Hold off on the snow until Monday PM, please. I'm coming to Knox-Vegas this weekend for Grandson's b-day.

He's only gonna be four once.

kbarrett said...

Donner, party of 20?

Donner, party of 19?

Donner ...

Gregg said...

Snow, S N O W I have heard of such a thing. Hey is it that white stuff on top of the mountains in the distance? It's kinda purty to look at while I'm outside grilling in y t-shirt, sippin on a beer.

Who is..... Carteach0? said...

Your puddles have morphed into my snowy evening off.... and I couldn't be happier!

I just hope it melts off and drys before I go to the range this weekend. I don't like fishing in the sloppy mud to find my brass!

tokarev762 said...

Hah! Gotcha!

Thre's one sure thing that I have learned in the fourty-five years that I have lived in Tennessee.

It will snow, WHEN it snows and the weathermen on the tv just give you general guide lines. Take the info on wind speed, the radar maps and the reported temps on both sides of the front and you could probably do better guessing for yourself.

Ian said...

The Pyjama trick is known to denizens of the Volksrepublk of New Jersey. Not, however, to my world-travelling self until just now.

Brian said...

Down in 'Bama: We're bracing for "The Blizzard of '08" or "Winter Storm '08", depending on which TV channel's graphics you observe. The fun all starts tomorrow night...

...or not.

Matt G said...

Around here, the news crews do standups at low-lying intersections known to freeze up, and they display graphics proclaiming "ARCTIC BLAST!" behind the news anchorfolk.

You know that you're still a kid at heart when you still pray for snow. :)

OA said...

Brian said...
Down in 'Bama: We're bracing for "The Blizzard of '08" or "Winter Storm '08", depending on which TV channel's graphics you observe. The fun all starts tomorrow night...

...or not.

11:12 PM, January 17, 2008

Interesting. I see you're in Hoover. None of the Birmingham stations are going with any of said graphics (flipping through the various morning shows as I type this). You're not confusing scary graphics with the issued 'Winter Storm Watch' are you? Because lord knows it would be pathetic to make something like that up...

Brian said...

OA: Sarcasm. :)