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The W - Current Events & Politics - No School Today - It Might Storm
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Sec19Row53
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http://www.stevenspointjournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070607/SPJ0101/706070650/1983

DISCLAIMER - I don't live there

Wow - there might be a severe thunderstorm later today, so we better close schools and tell parents to stay home or find a suitable daycare.
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Since: 18.3.02
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I saw this and rolled my eyes too. They must be expecting the intelligent tornados from "Twister", that follow you around and seek out helpless victims.

This is right up there with canceling school because there "might" be snow.
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Since: 24.10.03
From: WI, now in the land of the Vikings...*shudder*

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Though not from there, I did go to undergrad there. The thing that surprises me most about this (now granted, this is University vs. secondary schools) is that when I went to college there, they NEVER canceled class due to weather--at least daytime classes. The one and only time that they did cancel was a day we had -40 degree F wind-chill...and they only canceled classes after 5pm. Let me tell you...walking to class that day SUCKED.

So...clearly, their secondary schools do not take the same view as the college. We'd have been told "put on your hail helmets, you ARE going to class!"



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I was amazed upon hearing the news, too. I mean- that's what tornado drills are for.

(As an aside to Submit2theXFace - I don't know of any UW system university that cancels classes due to weather. Due in no part, I'm sure, to the urban legend of students at X drinking X dry.)

Here's to storm watching.



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Are they still in "real" school, or is this just summer school & special programs stuff? If it's just a couple of remedial classes & some summer day camp kinda stuff, that'd be different.
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They're still in "real" school. I think today was supposed to be the last day, but they may have to make up last Thursday's missed day tomorrow.
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As far as I know, closing schools for thunderstorms is a pretty new phenomenon. One reason that schools may want to do this is for liability reasons. Perhaps the schools feel it is better to spread the risk across a city instead of having all the risk at one place. For whatever it's worth, when Enterprise high school in Alabama got hit by a tornado, killing 8 students, there was some criticism toward the school for not closing sooner (though no lawsuits as of yet).

But perhaps it is nothing more than the administrators just wanting a day off.





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    Originally posted by ges7184
    For whatever it's worth, when Enterprise high school in Alabama got hit by a tornado, killing 8 students, there was some criticism toward the school for not closing sooner (though no lawsuits as of yet).

    But perhaps it is nothing more than the administrators just wanting a day off.




I can't see the school ever being sued. What were they supposed to do after all? "Well, there's a chance of tornados hitting in the next little bit so.... EVERY CHILD MUST BE FORCED OUTSIDE RIGHT AWAY!" Staying in the school was the safest thing they could do. A disaster happened, and people need someone to blame to help deal with it since it's hard to actually blame an "act of God" on... well, you know who...

As far as the thunderstorm cancelling it. I'd have to guess that it really was just a case of the school having the option to cancel school one more day for weather conditions, and they decided to burn it up rather than let it go to waste.


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Welcome home, men of the 2nd Bn, 127th Inf, 32d "Red Arrow" Brigade, WI Army Nat'l Guard! May God bless our fallen brothers.

In their defense, the storm forecasting folks in Norman, OK, put out a "HIGH" risk for most of Wisconsin last Thursday...something they hardly ever do. "GMA" even made note of that.

Boy, were they right.



I took this picture of a T-storm just south of Stevens Point last Thursday. It was part of a system that put down an F3 twister in Langlade and Oconto County...and ripped away THOUSANDS of acres of the Nicolet National Forest.

Driving through THAT was creepy. It looked like the Mt. St. Helens aftermath, minus the ash.




See it online at NWAWisconsin.com...
...or on WI Time Warner Digital Cable On-Demand Channel 998!

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