Snow Daze

Tracking each snow/sleet/freezing rain opportunity this winter seems to be becoming a weekly ritual, almost putting us in a snow-daze, even though we’ve had but one big  snowstorm so far.

This weeks storm, a clipper out of the west, looks like a quick hit of light snow Thursday night.  Yet even with these, generally harmless looking systems, things can go astray.  Not saying that will happen this time,but worth watching.

*by Jim Duncan

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40 Responses to Snow Daze

  1. Robyn says:

    No one said being a teacher was easy, but they are not more deserving of their vacation than anyone else, which was the original topic of the teaching comments (that should never have been started on here). Everyone in my office went to school for 4-7 years (including bachelors and masters), comes early, stays late, takes work home at nights and on the weekend, and if they take lunch at all it’s at their desk while continuing to work–all while making between 30K-40K (public/nonprofit sector). And we work all summer and didn’t have a 2-hr delay today. We are not bitter b/c we like our work, just as teachers do. So teachers, it may not be easy but you cannot deny your perks.

    No PLEASE get back to weather and take the teaching discussion and all its bitterness and name-calling to a more appropriate forum.

  2. Mighty Dyckerson says:

    I am not speaking, I am typing. And listen to Corrie. He speaks the truth.

  3. Michelle says:

    You are very inappropriate and should not be allowed to speak on weather blog.

    • Corrie says:

      Mighty has a lot of friends in high places. If there is ever a flood only Mighty and his friends will exist. You may want to think about that..

      I will admit that teachers used to have it rough, but now days, it’s sooo easy. Everything you do is standardized and those standards are much lower than they used to be. Look at the history books, bunch of dumbed down pages with size 24 font.

  4. Mighty Dyckerson says:

    Blah blah blah blah blah. Showing movies and passing out standardized tests is not work. Try sitting in a padded cubicle every day dealing with idiot customers and loudmouth co-workers, dealing with deadlines and wondering if and when you’ll be “downsized.” The only time a teacher gets fired is when s/he gets caught doing a student.

  5. WeatherNut says:

    This is a weather blog I believe?

  6. Stephanie says:

    Well put Amanda. By the time I drop my kids off in the cafeteria, use the restroom (if I have time) and wash my hands I have 15 minutes to scarf down a sandwich and a few chips. I do love my job but it is very demanding. And yes, people do sound very ignorant who say teachers have it easy. We do so much during the day we don’t even realize it until we sit down to write sub lesson plans so that someone else can try to do our job.

  7. Carol says:

    You’re right Mighty D…teacher’s do have a job they love, but make no mistake: 1. we go to school for 4 or 5 years 2. we work late almost every evening and still take work home 3 or 4 nights a week 3. we spend one-half to one whole day on the week-end with school work 4. we start working toward re-certification (classes, professional development, etc.) as soon as we get our license (every five years), and 5. our job is exhausting (spending a day with 24 children, behavior management, data collection, paper work, communication, and oh yeah, teaching the kids). Great things about our job: never bored, the day flies by (never enough time to teach it all), the kids).

  8. Liz says:

    So when is the next big snow coming? And is it going to stay cold like this for a while? I like it!

    • Sean says:

      Well they are expecting a warm up that may reach the mid 40s. I’ve heard about a possible nor’easter around the 19th but none of the models are indicating it will move onshore and at this point that is way too far for the models to have decent accuracy.

  9. huh? says:

    None of the models are calling for this thing to blow up and it’s 24 hours out so I’d say we’re lucky if we get 1-2″ which is a minor storm if that. Not enough for a snow day….wait, this is Virginia….call the National Guard!

  10. Stephanie says:

    The million dollar question for teachers is “Will we get a snow day Friday?!”

    • Mighty Dyckerson says:

      Teachers get way too much time off as it is.

      • Stephanie says:

        Teachers work a lot harder than you think they do. We don’t get paid much either. Most of us take work home and continue working in to the evening hours. So yes maybe we get some time off, but we deserve it.

      • Mighty Dyckerson says:

        A lot of people take work home with them, and they don’t get summers off. You don’t know how good you have it.

      • Lauren says:

        I don’t know about most teachers, but I work all summer as well (longer hours) than I do during the school year just to make some money to pay off bills. Maybe if teachers made a comparable salary to business men/women then you would have an argument!

      • Emily says:

        Isn’t this teachers’ first week back after 2 weeks off? I always try to stay on topic, but I have to say–I also take work home at night, make about $5,000 less than teachers’ starting salary and I work all summer (and most holidays, with no half-days). So sorry, teachers don’t “deserve it” any more than the rest of us. Don’t get defensive; instead, feel very lucky that you have a job you enjoy and still get the vacations you got as a kid.

        But back to weather–this system should not have enough moisture with it to give any of us a snow day tomorrow.

      • Jason says:

        Emily and Mighty

        Instead of being bitter you should check out UR’s School of Continuing Studies which has a great masters program for individuals looking to earn a VA Teaching License.

      • Mighty Dyckerson says:

        You go, Emily! Teachers get paid very well for what they do, so if this Lauren chick can’t pay her bills, it’s only because she’s living beyond her means. Stop buying shoes and save a buck.

      • Corrie says:

        Yeah, I have to be laid off or wait a year to get a week vacation…You guys might not make very much but it is certainly a live-able wage or you wouldn’t do it….Plus you get the time to relax and enjoy living.

    • Amanda says:

      As a teacher, anyone that thinks the life of a teacher is an easy one is just truly ignorant. Only another teacher will ever understand the life of a teacher. I imagine that most of you get to use the bathroom when you need to and have more than a measly 20 minutes to eat lunch before picking your students up. I graduated from a top college in Virginia and I work 10 hour days and make about 20,000K less than all of my college friends. I would suggest that people actually spend some time in classrooms before making themselves sound foolish in a public arena.

  11. WeatherNut says:

    Check out the current radar. This storm is starting to take shape. Now if it holds it together is another story. It still has the possibity to also tap into some of the Atlantic moisture. We will know a lot more this time tomorow.

  12. Kare says:

    My vote is for a snow day on Friday!

  13. kristinrosemoon says:

    Don’t get my hopes up Jim. I hate being disappointed.

  14. PG Girl says:

    You’re teasing us again, Jim!

  15. Mike Hunt says:

    It will probably be a snow day friday… yea…

  16. Joe Busted says:

    2-4″ westend 1-2″ downtown/east

    • WeatherNut says:

      I could see this.

    • snowman says:

      What he’s saying is not out of the question! Do you know how many times over the years there’s been call for a “dusting” of snow and it’s turned into a major snow event! I think maybe you’re question “J” could be aimed at you too! 😉

    • Sean says:

      West End accumulations shouldn’t be drastically different from the East End. In fact, I wouldn’t get my hopes up for anything more than an inch. For once the coast will actually see greater accumulations (If any accumulation) because it might flare up just a little, not nearly enough for it to have an effect out the VA Beach/ Hampton Roads area. Even in this scenario, they could see a mix.

  17. Mighty Dyckerson says:

    We better keep an eye out for this clipper.

    Meanwhile, keep an eye out for my toenail clippers. I got a bad hangnail and I can’t find them anywhere.

  18. WeatherNut says:

    Bottom line is, NO ONE really knows what’s going to happen until storms get to us. Temps are much easier to predict far out. Precip is not and NEVER will be. It’s always a guessing game. (which keeps it fun I guess)

  19. Corrie says:

    Oh Jim! You speak our language buddy!

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