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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Weather Weenie Alert

Hey kids, when you're sitting in class next July think back to today and thank our overactive weather forecasters and the school superintendents who listen to them.

I'm not saying today has been a lovely day -- just January in New England" slow, sleet and rain in Boston. I'm also not attesting to what I can't see "north and west" of the city.

But I am quoting from the National Weather Service:
"I think it's going to be messy, but it's not overly significant," said Rebecca Gould, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Taunton. "Kind of typical of New England."
But thanks to Dickie and Harvey and Barry and Mish and the anonymous folks over at 7 News we've seen schools close by the score many, including Boston, closing on Tuesday night hours before the first flake fell.

It all comes down to the fact that the last ratings grab-advertiser producing event is winter weather. Think about it. WBZ-AM sells the storm closing announcements, that endless string of names (usually half of New Hampshire) that can also be found (with far less aggravation) on radio station web sites and TV station "breaking news" crawls.

And you know reporters are vying to be the next Shelby Scott, send off to Worcester to watch trucks skid down a hill. Or, like Ed Harding, stick a ruler into a snow mound in the Channel 5 parking lot.

Channel 7 came up with a new competitive twist today, offering up the "Big 10" school systems, a surefire way to annoy the hundreds that don't make it.

So gang, remember today fondly when you are sitting in that unairconditioned room next summer.

And Adam -- how about a Weather Weenie Alert that works in inverse relation to the French Toast Alert?

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