Endive Wombat: How about the national weather service needs to get their shiat together and stop crying wolf every time a storm comes through.
Bendal: Commuters to the DC area have one of the longest travel times on average of anywhere in the US; up to 90 minutes one way. That means commuters are coming from western PA and WV to work in DC, places that got hit really hard by this snowfall. Considering that all of NoVA was expected to get over a foot of snow, it made a lot of sense to close offices ahead of the storm.
AverageAmericanGuy: There are a lot of non-essential employees, but it might better to lose them to attrition and just not backfill their positions than to try to cut them all at once. Shoving a bunch of otherwise unemployable government workers into the work force is just going to make things worse for everyone else.
SurfaceTension: Endive Wombat: How about the national weather service needs to get their shiat together and stop crying wolf every time a storm comes through.I work for the NWS and have a degree in meteorology, but I'm not a forecaster. These storms are notoriously difficult to forecast. If the cold air doesn't quite penetrate as far south, or the low moves as little as 50 miles east, then forecasts for a foot of snow bust entirely. It's very tricky. Add to that that the local Weather Forecast Office (Sterling, VA) sees a lot of forecaster turnover, you don't have a lot of experience in forecasting these types of events. Consequently, what looks like a huge storm ends up being a total bust.
Bendal: Commuters to the DC area have one of the longest travel times on average of anywhere in the US; up to 90 minutes one way. That means commuters are coming from western PA and WV to work in DC, places that got hit really hard by this snowfall.
tenpoundsofcheese: SurfaceTension: Three, I'm willing to bet that payroll employees and most IT folks are considered non-essential, yet the essential folks would be none too happy to see those non-essentials leave.I am willing to bet that the payroll process is automated and people get their checks like clockwork with any intervention from "payroll employees".
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