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  •  Yep, that's always my argument. That's what I (24+ / 0-)

    wrote the diary on last night. When schools close, kids don't eat. But de Blasio saying "oops, we should have closed school and it's the weatherman's fault" is ridiculous. He should own up and take responsibility, even if it is the "kids don't eat" argument.

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    by weatherdude on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 02:58:37 PM PST

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    •  Yep own your decision (9+ / 0-)

      I'm very supportive of keeping the schools open and soldiering on in a snowstorm to a certain extent but that only works if you have the equipment to keep the roads clear and/or the good sense to have folks stay home when the snow is coming down too fast or you don't have the equipment to get it cleared fast.

      Weather forecasting has gotten good enough that authorities can know in advance that there is risk of a bad storm.  We need to hold authorities accountable for stupid calls, especially when many workers can now telework.

      Here in the DC area we've been burned so many times -- a small but high impact storm in 2011 that hit during  evening rush hour left tons of commuters stranded in their cars.  After that the area got real about dealing with mother nature, more folks embraced telework and the authorities embraced the notion that you can't skimp on snow removal capacity.

      Result? We've had a few weather emergencies but not a repeat of the awful 2011 carmageddeon storm.

      •  nah, just haven't had a mid day storm (3+ / 0-)
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        it's easy to make the closure call when it's coming down
        at an inch an hour at 2 AM.  

        It's really hard to make the call when it's not predicted to start snowing until 2 PM,  if the storm comes late, it's someone elses problem but if it comes hard at 2, the road crews aren't out running yet but the workers are hitting the streets.

        •  We had a midday storm in January actually (4+ / 0-)

          Day after MLK day they forecast a Nor'easter that gave us maybe 8 inches or so west of DC.  OPM closed the government in the National Capital Region despite the fact that the wouldn't be beginning until late morning.  Snow wasn't even mentioned in the forecast on Friday btw but by Monday the forecasters had a good handle on the storm.

          I had time to run to my office grab my laptop and get home before the first flake.  Afterwards we were lectured by the Agency chief to never do that again because of the risks of there being a traffic nightmare preventing you from beating the storm home.

          The pols down south may have had your mindset, heck folks in DC used to as well.  But once they added up the real costs of ignoring weather safety, they got religion.

          •  i don't know (2+ / 0-)
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            they've been all over the map, i've seen them
            cancel because of one flake of snow and blow calls

            there are two types of error, cancelling while
            nothing happens and failing to cancel until they
            are in the crap.

            They will keep making the errors.

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