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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Atlanta Is the Whole of the US in a Snow Globe

Posted by on Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 7:23 AM

Where is the US today? Read this ABC report. It's all there: climate denial and politically imposed inaction:

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal blamed weather forecasters, saying he was caught off-guard due to a changing forecast.

At one point, the only accumulating snow was expected to fall south of Atlanta.

“At that time, it was still, in most of the forecasts, anticipated that the city of Atlanta would only have a mild dusting or a very small accumulation if any,” Deal said at a Wednesday press conference. “Preparations were made for those predictions.”

Forecasters erupted following the comments. The National Weather Service argued that the appropriate outlooks, watches and warnings were released two days in advance.

J. Marshall Shepherd, president of the American Meteorological Society, addressed the topic on his blog, writing, “The buses had a tough time getting kids home, but meteorologists should not be thrown under the bus.”

And why did some meteorologists not ring the alarm loudly?

"[W]e don't want to be accused of crying wolf. Because if we had been wrong, y'all would have all been in here saying, 'Do you know how many millions of dollars you cost the economies of the city of Atlanta and the state of Georgia by shutting down businesses all over this city and this state?'"
Always the fucking economy: Growth! Jobs! Growth! Profits!

 

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rob! 1
Atlanta's one and only snowplow, taking a well-deserved 5 on the side.
Posted by rob! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZBdUceCL5U on January 30, 2014 at 8:45 AM · Report this
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Give it five years and they'll be writing articles with headlines like "Atlanta Paralyzed by Chance of Snow".

For example:
http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2…
Posted by Sean P. on January 30, 2014 at 8:56 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 3
at least everybody got a good story out of it. "remember that time we slept on the floor of the pet food aisle at fucking kroger's?"

Posted by Max Solomon on January 30, 2014 at 9:06 AM · Report this
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Snow is not causing the "major traffic headaches". Cars are!
Posted by CommonKnowledge on January 30, 2014 at 9:58 AM · Report this
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You know what is in those trucks? The fucking produce you buy at the grocery store.
Posted by hmmmmm on January 30, 2014 at 11:05 AM · Report this
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Why is it that everyone always takes a giant shit on the scientists? Why is it that everyone thinks they know more than the people who spend their lives studying these topics?
Posted by Solk512 on January 30, 2014 at 11:51 AM · Report this
Fnarf 7
I fully expect Atlanta and surrounding cities to spend a billion dollars on goddamn snow plows now, which will sit rusting away in warehouses until the next time, when they will be discovered not to work anymore, instead of spending it on transit.

I also expect many billions of dollars of donor-state (i.e., blue state) money to be sent to red recipient-state Georgia to compensate everyone there on their short-sightedness.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on January 30, 2014 at 12:12 PM · Report this
katrat 8
That looks exactly like Atlanta in Walking Dead, but with snow
Posted by katrat http://www.kathrynrathke.com/ on January 30, 2014 at 12:16 PM · Report this

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