Article by Wendy McCance
Here in Michigan we got enough snow to receive the very valuable title of a snow day. Yesterday the kids came home from school excited that they might get a day off from school. Apparently the teachers were just as excited as the kids. They decided not to assign homework because they were certain school would be called off. One of my daughters said that some of her friends were having sleepovers because the parents were convinced that there would be no school the next day.
I remember how excited I would get about the possibility that we might get a day off due to an abundance of snow, but times have changed and wishing for snow has become more sophisticated.
When the kids came home from school yesterday, they weren’t just watching the weather reports with fascination hopeful for a day off. Nope, these kids have ways to up their odds. My youngest daughter told me that we would need to put a bucket of water out at the street to increase our odds of a snow day. She also insisted that if we flushed ice cubes down the toilet, we would have a better chance of snow. The kids also said that everyone knows that if you want snow, you should sleep with a spoon under your pillow and wear your pajamas inside out. No explanation as to why this would work, only that it would.
My son who is more technical in nature had me go to an actual snow prediction site on our laptop that would let you know if a snow day was possible. We tested out the prediction calculator and found we had a 75% chance of a day off from school. Even so, he still taped a penny to the window and slept with the spoon.
There must be something to these rituals because the kids are happily at home. School was called off for the day. Sledding is in our immediate future and so is a mug of cocoa.
If you would like to try out the weather predictor for a snow day, you can do so by going to this link: http://www.snowdaycalculator.com/
Happy Snow Day Everyone!
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