I have been fascinated by severe and tropical weather since the 2004 season. What a season that was!! Also a wave swell freak!
By: Thrawst , 2:55 AM GMT on January 31, 2014
So, Atlanta became a disaster zone this week due to a relatively unusual snowstorm. Between 2-4 inches of snow fell in the Atlanta metro area on Tuesday, but basing off my adolescent mind, I can remember at least 5-6 snowstorm events (on Georgia's level of blizzard) that were more intense than the one that hit this past work week. They were all handled
What baffles me was that most schools and all of the workforce in the Atlanta area was running as any normal day would have it. Winter Storm Watches were issued AT LEAST 24 hours before the event started (which was around 1PM), and most people know that winter storm watches around that area are rare. The government had no reason to allow Tuesday as a normal work day if they had official notice (from the National Weather Service) of an unusual winter storm event that the city CLEARLY was/is not prepared for.
Schools and the workforce were let out simultaneously at 1:30pm, leading to the most horrific traffic day in Atlanta's history. I wonder how many parents were feeling when their children were stranded in the streets on a bus that ran out of gas and had no where to go; Their children had to walk back home or stay at the school as a safe place to stay warm.
I hope this serves as a valuable excuse to listen to meteorologists that actually know what they are talking about. Many people above the latitude of Atlanta think 2-4 inches is just a normal day, and to many, it is. But to Atlanta and areas further south, we simply do not see snow enough to be able to handle it with the best materials possible. This is why meteorologists that work in their respective areas work there; they have adequate knowledge of the climate and general geography of the area they are required to make forecasts for... and the government (and the people that live in that area) should listen to what they say. And it's not just for snowstorms.
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