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The Storm of 2017 that Wasn’t

11 Mar

March 11, 2017

FROM THE MR. BTR NETWORK NEWS, THIS IS A STORMTRACER SUPERWATCH SPECIAL ALERT!

Yup, that’s the way they handled NYC’s recent “snow storm.” They scared us so much the they even roused Mayor Boss DiBlassio into action. He canceled alternate side parking a full 24 hours before a single snowflake fell. It’s amazing what an unpopular Mayor facing reelection will do.

This was supposed to be a fairly short but moderately evil storm. It was going to come in fast, dump it’s load, and get out. (“That’s what she said!”) It was going to usher in gale-force winds and freezing temperatures. If you did not already have milk and bread you had better by golly rush out and get some since we were due for- hold on to your hat!- up to five inches of snow, meaning if you needed some milk you’d have to put on your boots first as you walked down the block to the bodega that seems to be on every corner here. So no, we weren’t expecting much snow, but we were warned of huge gusts of freezing wind, heavy, almost blinding snow, and periods of extreme icy conditions.

What we got was this:

Look closely. There’s some heavy frost on those windows.

And that was at the height of the storm. Later on it turned bright, sunny, and downright pleasant.

Normally there’s no point in making fun of inaccurate weather forecasts. It happens all the time. But what made this one special was watching the morning weathermen vainly and sadly cling to their forecasts. Mike Woods on FOX 5 in particular was lost and adrift. As the hours and hours went on with no snow, and he and all weathermen looking foolish, he desperately tried to come up with a reason- any reason at all, why his forecast still said 3 to 5 inches of snow and windy conditions at 8 am on a very dry and conspicuously snow-free morning. At one point he said that he could see snow on the radar but it must not be hitting the ground. The news anchors were ribbing him, he looked confused, and once again, the faith we don’t put in any weather forecast was justified. 

Before this debacle, the weatherheads were predicting an even worse storm on this coming Monday into Tuesday, with (they claimed) the possibility of a foot of snow. After this morning, the weathermen are walking it back with “the models are sketchy” and “we’ll have to wait and see.”

Good advice. 

 

 

 

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Way To Go, NYC. Nice Job.

5 Jan

January 5, 2014

New York city recently renamed the Battery Tunnel after a deceased former Mayor, Hugh Carey. With that comes with the cost of new signs. OK, fine, we can afford a few new signs. After all, like new Mayor Bill DiBlasio says “I’ll just raise your taxes to pay for them anyway.” But this being NYC, even simple highway signs are ripe for screw-ups.

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Um, isn’t that font kind of small? When you’re driving on the highway sure, it has to be a good idea to squint at signs, right? And where’s the period after his middle initial? There is enough room to to add the period and use a bigger font. (FUN FACT: The toll has already gone up to $7.50. Thanks NYC.)

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Here we have the right size font but again, no punctuation. So I guess the city really does mean that this is the Hugh L Carey large cask for holding liquids, especially wine, ale, or beer. (That is the dictionary definition of tun, in case you were wondering.

This sign is my favorite, and Saarah took this herself while I slowed down and blocked traffic on the BQE.

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H.   CareY Tunnel.

Seriously????

And even worse, they wrote it that same exact way on two more signs on that stretch of road. Is there any way at all to defend this???

Way to go, NYC. Nice job.

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