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  1. JWXnc

    January Banter

    Not just buses -- you've also got high school kids that drive to school (some also taking little brothers and sisters to school, too) and think they know it all, some probably texting or talking on their phones, not paying attention to shady areas. There's also a difference in rural vs urban. In rural areas, roads are mostly all 2 lanes with little traffic. You can drive slow and be careful. But when you get to urban areas, it's like everybody is in a rush. The traffic cameras they showed on TV this week showed people passing each other, going way more than what I would consider a safe speed. Would you catch me driving on snow in rural areas? Probably -- when everybody around me is driving safely, I feel safe. In urban areas? Nope -- when people are going to rush and pass and speed around me, I don't feel safe. I can't control my own safety (and wallet, with car repairs) in that situation if somebody else spins out of control and hits me.
  2. JWXnc

    January Banter

    Another issue that some might not have realized: rural counties send some of their snow plows to the cities first. For example, some of the Franklin County snow plows have been responsible for clearing sections of I-540 in Raleigh in Wake County first before they can return to Franklin County.
  3. JWXnc

    January Banter

    Well since this is the banter thread -- in case you missed it -- the new run of the GFS is in the discussion thread, so you should probably check over there (just messin' with you btw)
  4. JWXnc

    January Banter

    Good read -- thanks for posting! Exactly summarizes my opinion about it, and brings up some points I hadn't considered before.
  5. JWXnc

    January Banter

    you're probably right! Maybe that's the problem: there's no Snopes for weather models Yep -- it's just an interesting discussion topic these days, especially with what Atlanta just went through and already rumors of another storm on the horizon! Complex issue to think about. If they grab up all the pizza & beer, then it is their fault! There's no convincing me otherwise
  6. JWXnc

    January Banter

    Agreed -- and most of the images I have seen plastered around social media are from subscription sites. I wonder what the sites think about all these images being spread around the internet for free? I mean, I'm sure they can pick up a few more subscribers out of curiosity, but it also seems unfair to those who pay to subscribe yet see some of the images floating around for free. As a side note, I feel like a "true" meteorologist would make his or her own maps based on their own interpretation of what the models output (exactly like WxJordan just did in the discussion thread -- good job, btw!). Posting raw model output for the general public is modelology and requires no skill or education. I do think it is misinformation. Like I said before, the general public doesn't care whether it's a model or a forecast -- they see a map with colors and numbers that shows snow in their backyard. Models also change every few hours, yet the posts keep being shared and spread. Last week I saw someone share a 3-day old euro map, when the current models and forecast showed nothing near that same solution. It causes confusion and panic. No, you shouldn't hide information. But I think you should responsibly filter what you put out there based on your audience, and based on what you are trying to convey.
  7. JWXnc

    January Banter

    Bingo -- the knowledge base of the intended audience makes a world of difference!
  8. JWXnc

    January Banter

    I completely agree with you. Well, not completely... to me, it's all about the audience. Yes, he said not a forecast... folks (like many people here) with an above average understanding of meteorology know that. Your average facebook/twitter/social media user does NOT know that. Average social media users don't know or care about the difference between a model and a forecast. They only see a map that shows feet of snow, click share, and boom. Like the screenshot Jon just posted, "...are predicting 30+ inches of snow". A picture is worth a thousand words, yet in cases like this, the words are much more important to read than looking at a picture showing model snow forecast down to the tenth of an inch for over a week out that changes every few hours.
  9. JWXnc

    1/28-1/30 SE Winter Storm OBS

    Emporia-Greensville Reg Airport (KEMV) in Virginia is at 3 right now -- their NWS forecast low was 10, it seems.
  10. JWXnc

    January Banter

    That's the interesting part about it, to me. People Weenies often share extreme model output stuff from DT and other (questionable) people who don't really have a public presence, so I think more people take those shared posts with suspicion. Most people don't know who these people are, they don't know whether to trust or not to trust. Part of my shock today is that a well-respected TV met is who originated that euro map post (based on my timeline). I dare say most people "trust" TV mets, because you basically welcome the mets into your home every single day at dinner, at bedtime, whenever. TV mets are the public-facing weather authorities, which increases the met's credibility and people's trust and willingness to share/repost. Now, the people in my newsfeed who shared that story have no clue who this random TV met is -- they just know he is a TV meteorologist, so that gives him credibility. The problem with social media is that he might have only intended it for his local area/followers since it didn't really show a HUGE hit for his area, but it gets picked up and spread across the east coast by people who saw that the model showed feet of snow in their backyard. Now, the WRAL and other local mets are the ones who are going to have people hounding them with messages like "well this one guy said x-y-z" or "this guy showed this model forecast from 3 days ago, have you seen this?" It's an interesting situation to think about. At some point, does it become unprofessional? Irresponsible? I'm not trying to bash Brad or anything, I just find the situation (a TV met sort of starting some hype) very interesting to think about/debate/discuss.
  11. JWXnc

    January Banter

    Agreed -- especially since people who know absolutely nothing about meteorology share it and spread it like wildfire. I already saw the euro snowfall map for the feb 7-9 timeframe in my news feed earlier today from a friend's 55 year old mom, accompanied with "we are going to get 14.7 inches next week!!!" Though the euro map I saw on my news feed today was originated by Brad Panovich, which sort of shocked me (I expect to see hype maps like that from people like DT, not a respected TV met). Other than hype, what benefit does posting a snow map showing feet of snow 8+ days out add -- why isn't a simple text-only status saying "we are watching the potential for another snow event next week" enough? Not calling Brad out or anything, just a tad bit surprised to see that today and how fast it is spreading.
  12. JWXnc

    January Banter

    Just bantering, but it was definitely a memorable storm for me. It was snowing with a temperature of 16F in my backyard last night. The only other time I remember actually witnessing such a cold snowfall event was (I think) Jan 2, 2002, when it was around 21-22, snowing, and the kitchen sink pipes froze. Another was Jan 19, 2005, when it was mid-20s and snow. But nowhere near as cold as last night. Pretty cool stuff!
  13. JWXnc

    1/28-1/30 SE Winter Storm OBS

    About 2 inches along the border of Franklin and Nash Counties (NC). Pic was taken around midnight. Thermometer reads 16
  14. JWXnc

    January Banter

    This is a good reminder for everybody: If it's not yours, then you need to give a link or reference to the source. That picture was from the WRAL Facebook page that somebody from Spring Hope, NC, shared. If you don't give a reference or source, you imply that it was your own, and that's not good. I would be very upset if somebody "stole" one of my pictures and passed it off (even unintentionally) as theirs. Be careful with stuff like this!
  15. JWXnc

    January Banter

    Certainly -- there are videos of that on youtube. I guess it would be more of an airsled or an airship? Reminds me when I used a pool toy inner tube sledding one time. Bad idea! haha
  16. JWXnc

    January Banter

    Oh, definitely. It's a good rule of thumb to post in banter for a bit (what I did) before jumping into the discussion threads. And it wasn't everybody, I don't mean to make this place sound horrible. It was just a couple people who like to be snarky with holier-than-thou, high-horse responses, and who must have the last word no matter what. It got better once he put me on ignore lol
  17. JWXnc

    January Banter

    That's definitely an issue. I've never noticed if we have a "new member introductions" thread here. If so, it maybe should be pinned as a way for new members to at least introduce or get a welcome. I've been on other boards where members are required to introduce themselves first, then must be granted posting privileges after the mod sees their introduction post. Maybe something like that could cut down on the number of people who just immediately make a new account and go spewing off again. That could also give a mod time to check for duplicate IPs before granting posting permissions. Just a thought. Sometimes the banter thread discussion moves too fast for a new member to feel comfortable jumping in and disrupting the flow with an introduction, so they jump directly into the discussion with their opinions on the topic.
  18. JWXnc

    January Banter

    Honestly, same thing happened to me when I first started posting. I made one or two posts and certain people jumped on me about my input doesn't matter because I don't contribute to any of the discussion threads. So I felt pressured or even bullied to stop posting. Lately, the reception of new members has been more "guilty until proven innocent" because of a few people who get banned and make multiple accounts. But I do agree people could be more welcoming around here. It's a fine line, though, with the multiple account-ers. If you're a serious new member, stick around and let the dust settle a little bit first. Welcome!
  19. JWXnc

    January Banter

    Maybe it's just older data since the date on that TWC page says December 21. Here's a more recent news story (sorry for the mobile version of the link): http://wral.m0bl.net/r/1rfja4 Also, I think Duke hospital was limiting visits to patients to keep the flu from spreading?
  20. JWXnc

    January Banter

    There were news stories a couple days this week about the number of flu deaths in NC the past few weeks. Maybe TWC got some of that koolaid!
  21. JWXnc

    January Banter

    When I think of Angus Barn, I think of steak and chocolate chess pie! I wonder how many thousands of those pies they make every year.
  22. JWXnc

    January Banter

    Not getting any errors here in my Firefox. Adap.tv seems to be an advertising company, so maybe it's a script through one of the ads being loading when you browse the forums. On Firefox, you could eventually install an ad blocker plugin if you keep having the issue. But many websites that have ads earn revenue to pay for servers/storage, so if you don't mind the advertisements (and as long as you can resolve that pesky javascript issue), you might want to keep them to help out those who manage/host/administer sites like this one. Good luck! Send me a message if you need some help.
  23. JWXnc

    December Banter

    Nice!! Clark Griswold has some wax you can use. When I was a kid, I got a sled for Christmas one year. It didn't snow enough to use it for at least 3-4 years after that. I still have it, though
  24. JWXnc

    December Banter

    Somebody, quick! Brick hacked into burger's account.
  25. JWXnc

    December Banter

    It's your call -- if you want to save $30+, then don't go to Hill Ridge. Every light show is different, so pick what best suits your kids interests. You should have an idea of what they like. Lake Myra has the cool synchronized with music thing going on, the flying angel, and whatnot. But if your kids expect to see lights similar to what Walnut Creek had with the wire frames of elves and reindeer and snowmen and animated snowflakes jumping over the pathway and stuff, you won't find that in Wendell. Both are great places to go, but very different types of light shows. You need to pick what your kids would like best, but also what your wallet can afford.
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