Tonawanda News — If I never listen to another weather forecaster it will be a century too soon. This week’s snow storm took me over the edge. Obviously, nothing was happening in the entire world as every broadcaster could only talk about the storm that was coming, the storm that came and the storm afterwards. Yuk!
I realize that the National Weather Service defines a blizzard as a severe snowstorm characterized by strong winds causing blowing snow that results in low visibilities and that the difference between a blizzard and a snowstorm is the strength of the wind, not the amount of snow.
However our local TV forecasters are so smug that they are able to close schools, scare residents and keep the story going. But since each station gives the weather at least three times each half-hour (Channel 7 does it four times) which, combined with sports leaves about five minutes for real news. Where’s spring when you need it?
Perhaps Bob Zayatz can help. He emailed that after his tirade about church and school closings a couple of weeks ago, he had a few calmer thoughts about “Spring Is Here.”
“Our daffodils are up several inches already, although covered by snow. We saw a large flock of robins. I saw a two-pair of swans in the Niagara River today. Maybe things are looking up for all.”
Bob Nielsen emailed about the Common Core controversy.
“I was a professor of philosophy for over 40 years, and can testify that over 50 percent of my students in the past 20 years were below grade level in both math and reading when they entered college, and required remediation. I think you will find that this is true of most colleges and universities. I recently observed dismissal at both the NT high school and the junior high. The number of those carrying books home was infinitesimal — though they might have been hidden in the depths of knapsacks that some carried.