Dec 01 2008

The annoyance begins.

Published by at 3:44 pm under Rants,Snippets,Stupidity

Ever since the first snow fell, my Forecastfox addon has been showing the Severe Weather Alert icon.  Because. . . wait for it. . . IT’S SUPPOSED TO SNOW!!!  AHHH!!!  NOT SNOW!!

It’s winter. . . in Michigan. . . you say it might be snowing later on?  NO!  That can’t be true!  Not the total horror of. . . LIGHT SNOW!*

LIGHT SNOW SHOWERS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP AGAIN THIS AFTERNOON AS
COLDER AIR FILTERS INTO SOUTHEASTERN MICHIGAN. VISIBILITIES MAY
BRIEFLY DROP BELOW 1 MILE IN THE HEAVER SNOW BURSTS. SURFACE
TEMPERATURES THIS AFTERNOON WILL REMAIN AT THE OR ABOVE THE
FREEZING MARK WHICH WILL LIMIT ANY ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATIONS TO ONE
HALF INCH OR LESS THROUGH 500 PM.

UNTREATED ROADS…BRIDGES…AND OVERPASSES IN THE AREA WILL BE
HAZARDOUS. EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION DURING THE EVENING PEAK
DRIVING TIME.

Please also note that they were so kind as to tell me that it might be slippery, if the road I’m on happens to be “untreated”.  Perhaps those of you from out of state are unaware, but Michigan is Kind Of Poor right now.  We don’t treat roads for things like “light snow”.  We barely treat our roads when there are ice storms.  We have to save our salt for things like margaritas to stave off the cold.

And, to tell the truth, I’ve never seen a single Michigan driver exercise anything resembling extreme caution even on dry roads.

At any rate, I’m kind of annoyed with my Severe Weather Alert icon right now.  I would like to once again point out to the fine people at the National Weather Service that the months of November through February are a SEASON, not a severe weather condition.  No need to throw the red exclamation point out there every day.  Save it for something special.

*Too much sarcasm?  I can never be sure.  Better safe than sorry, I always say.

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