John Bolaris has had a rough go of things lately. First, to start 2015 off, he became “disengaged” from his fiancée. Then, an ice storm caused car accidents that claimed a few lives, and Bolaris took himself (and other meteorologists) to task over it. And today, he spoke with his nemesis, Philly Mag’s Victor Fiorillo, to talk about the storm and why he fired someone over it.
Firstly, he explains what happened:
“I really do blame it on the overall meteorologists on this one. At the beginning of last week, Sunday looked like a very mild 50-degree day.
But then the computer model started changing on Wednesday. And yet on Friday, the day when I wrote that Sunday was going to be colder than expected — I said there could be a cold rain — the local news stations were still calling for this mild weather. I was taken aback.
And then, what I feel horrible about, this flash freeze that took place in the city wasn’t in any forecast. But it was a concern and should have been addressed much more during the week.”
Bolaris’ own Weather Savior website didn’t address it either, and for that,
heads a head had to roll:
“I should’ve been there at 4 a.m. putting out some kind of warning. I have another meteorologist who is supposed to take care of the morning blast, and I thought he’d take care of it. He didn’t, and I actually fired him. He phoned it in. He did it the night before instead of actually looking at the data at 5 a.m. It’s unforgivable. I’ve worked with him for 23 years.
If you know it’s going to be a sunny day, OK. But we had severe weather pending. Bullshit. Get your ass up. Laziness is no excuse.”
Weather is inherently unpredictable, and you can easily levy more blame on the NBC10s and he 6 ABCs of the world rather than WeatherSavior.com, but Bolaris firing someone he worked with for 23 years over this (High Pressure Harry?! Say it ain’t so!) is actually very commendable in a weird, John Bolaris sort of way.
[Editor’s note: Jim doesn’t know it, but the stakes were that high for him when Claude Giroux grabbed an ass whilst I was on my honeymoon in Mexico. Those moments are our ice storms, our crosses to bear.]
H/T to reader Rob