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  • Birthday 09/08/1988

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    Border of Brookline and Brighton, MA
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    Too many to list: mathematics, psychology, linguistics are my top academic interests. Hobbies include poker, board games, following weather, watching terrible TV shows and listening to bad pop music.

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  1. PNC basically has me between 3.5-11" so I'm not far off.
  2. I've decided I'm getting between 0-10". The public would be totally satisfied with that forecast, right? Right?
  3. Been pretty much all very wet snow so far except for a brief rain changeover. Still have no idea what to expect tomorrow night.
  4. Left a bar in Cambridge at around 10, got back to Brookline (Cleveland Circle area) at 11. It’s a winter wonderland out there. Definitely a few inches on the ground. Wet snow, sticking to everything and rapidly accumulating. Roads didn’t seem to be treated much — pretty decent accumulation on the pavement but not many people driving. For some reason folks seemed totally surprised by this but I got a nor’easter alert on my phone from the Globe days ago. I’ve thought the forecasts were a bit low based on how folks were talking on here, but I’m surprised to see how unprepared folks were.
  5. Agree. Not sure how that would be harmless. Just sits and batters the Carolina coastline for days.
  6. HRDPS would have local Mets driven out of town with pitchforks and torches. Would be a disaster .
  7. The trend toward calling school the night before is to give parents -- especially single parents -- some time to arrange alternatives for childcare. If there's a day off when one isn't needed, that's a bummer and an extra day in June. If you don't know until 5am the day of, though, you may only have an hour to arrange childcare. Better to prioritize both physical safety and family financial security than some glorified idea of the "toughness" of New England to weather the storm.
  8. What should I be expecting in Boston/Brookline/Cambridge? Seem to be right on the line of cold rain and heavy snow.
  9. Interesting. In a lot of ways that makes more sense. Though I imagine you’d need some upper limit on time period.
  10. For sure. To me the definition always seemed a little capricious. In terms of visibility and impact this was one of the worst storms I’ve seen in greater Boston since I’ve lived here (8 years total, 10 if you count my two year hiatus living northwest of Providence which gets similar outcomes on most storms), and I have seen several verified blizzards And I grew up in the New Haven CT area and again can remember several “verified” blizzards from OKX that were not as bad as this one. I think the rigid definition is misleading and causes confusion. Kind of the same way Sandy didn’t get a tropical storm warning in NYC. People judge impact by the severity of the watch/warning and in New England, IMO, don’t take it seriously until it’s a Blizzard. I remember on Tuesday morning telling my coworkers it was going to warm up just in time for a blizzard and they thought I was nuts because “winter storm warning” or watch doesn’t have the same impact on them. Regardless of what the actual product says. A 14” snowfall isn’t weird for Boston and is usually not all that impactful. A 14” snowstorm in 6-7 hours on the other hand is a whole different matter. And in fairness I think the meteorologists tried to convey this but unless something says 20”+ or blizzard I tend not to see the same preparedness response kick in. I also wonder about how it effects public officials in their decision making, since it seemed folks were unprepared to make the decisions necessary to keep people off the roads (e.g., travel restrictions, curtailed MBTA Service). Lots of business didn’t close absent the state of emergency warning which poses safety concerns as well as logistical concerns in terms of snow removal. I don’t know what the solution is that doesn’t sacrifice the science. But there needs to be something explicit that identifies storms as qualitatively different based on impact IMO. Most people don’t even know that Blizzard Watches aren’t s thing anymore. I tend to follow this board in the winter and I didn’t know it until a day or two before the storm. Folks used to take Blizzard Watches more seriously than Winter Storm Warnings, so that word has substantial meaning to folks beyond technical criteria. I had actually made a bet with my boss’s boss’s boss that we would have a Blizzard. And as I walked in to give her the $5 (petty bet) she was ready to give me $5. We called it a draw. But people will call things a blizzard based on impact to travel and property (and maybe snow totals), and so they think it’s what it means.