It’s a weeknight and you look out the window and see that it has begun to snow, and you get excited. Very excited. You get the glimmer of hope that all school age children get of a day off and a chance to sleep in. You race to the nearest phone, laptop or tablet to check the weather report for the following morning and you see that it’s going to keep on snowing through the night. You only have one more step before you’re convinced.
You open the browser and head over to snowdaypredictor.com, the trusted source and master of all snow day knowledge. This is the “make or break.” You punch in your postal code and you wait anxiously for the percentage. The page loads. YES! 87% chance! An almost guaranteed snow day. You go to bed that night planning everything you’re going to do the following day.
What I have just described is something we have all experienced at some point. We all have had those nights before school where we get excited because of a potential snow day, and try our best to make the prediction of if our wishes are going to become a reality. Now, there is just something that is helping give answers to those night time “what if’s.” Technology. In this modern age that we live in, it is becoming ever more prevalent — there really is technology available for every aspect of life. If you had said to kids 20 years ago, “Hey, in the future you can predict a snow day by percentage just by simply punching in your postal code,” they probably wouldn’t have believed you. That’s why it’s such a neat thing.
In my own school, it’s a widely used product. As soon as one kid looks out the window and sees that there is snow coming down, they will quickly pull up the website and start telling the people around them what the percentage is. There has been many a time that I have walked into a classroom and heard hushed whispers of numbers and the chance of a snow day. There was one day in particular that stands out in memory for me. This was the legendary day that the prediction was 99%. Word of this ungodly high number spread like wildfire to the point where even the teachers were aware of it. Kids my age trusted the source so much that some of them even took the gamble of not doing their homework.
It seems that my peers and kids alike use Snow Day Predictor as a trusted source of knowledge and don’t resist to put all their faith into the predictions it makes. In the winter, the website is treated as if it is the epicentre of all known weather/school knowledge, and I’m sure it will remain that way for many school kids to come.
My name is Julia and I am 17 years old.
A few fun facts about me would be that first off I LOVE music, especially the Beatles and David Bowie. They are the soundtracks to my teenage life. And I would consider David Bowie and Paul McCartney to be a few of my role models.
Another important role model would be my mom as I look up to her in every way. She rocks!
I’m currently attending the 12th grade and some of my favourite subjects would have to be Drama, English and History. Therefore I am a dramatic history nerd who likes to write. I do have to say that I enjoy school. I mean yes there are things they could improve on like the budgets for the arts programs and such, but all in all I feel so lucky to be going to school where I do.
A couple other things I like to do is blog and chat with my friends and send them funny pictures of things I find on my travels through the Internet. I’m also a big documentary watcher as that’s where I find a lot of my internet usage goes to. My favourite ones would have to be about history, but mainly music history.
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