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John Bolaris Shuts down Weather Savior Because No One Was Paying $500 per Month for Customized Weather Reports, Blames Comcast

Jim Adair - July 9, 2015

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The text of that:

I want to sincerely thank my loyal followers of Weathersavior.com.
Our small team made this project fun, exciting, ACCURATE, and No B.S.

However to be perfectly honest losing our partnership with Philly.com was a huge blow to us as COMCAST pushed us out the door. The folks at Philly.com are wonderful people who work tirelessly and loved the team work.

Sometimes when things are at their bleakest (against the ropes) great things that you never knew existed before come to you. I’m truly excited about a couple of great projects that will launch. One project you might here about, however the grand slam will remain silent until sometime this fall. ..Stay tuned…

“Its always darkest before sunrise”

-JB

From the Daily News:

The Emmy-award winning forecaster launched Weathersavior.com in May 2014. For about $500 a month, it offered weather events 24/7, with a specialty in storms.

Bolaris told me he has pulled the plug on his website because it just wasn’t making any money.

You know what? I guess I wasn’t paying a whole lot of attention. I knew John Bolaris had his Weather Savior site where he posted (often accurately) storm warnings and info, and I knew there was a subscription service, but I didn’t know that subscription service was $500 per goddamn month. Surprise of the century: Weather Savior is shutting down due to not making enough money. Because maybe if J-Bo had done a SWOT analysis, he would’ve learned that someone else provides customized weather reports and they do it for FREE or for a small $1.99 one-time fee: YOUR PHONE!

“I’ve been fighting a very negative tide for years … the last few years have been hell, but the tide is changing,” Bolaris told the Daily News. “Bottom line: I’m a dad who needs to take care of my daughter and be the best provider possible. After all, I am her superhero.”

In fact, I guess you could say he’s her ……. WEATHER SAVIOR. But, you know, not now.

via Philly Mag

John Bolaris Wants to Bring Down Comcast

Jim Adair - June 3, 2015

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John Bolaris’  work at Philly.com [editor’s note: which was actually pretty good] came to an end yesterday as they partnered with NBC10’s gimmicky First Alert Weather for their weather updates (you know, the people with the giant “First Alert Weather Day” logo in the corner of your TV when it’s barely snowing). Bolaris, as always, wasn’t happy and took to Twitter to voice his opinion, this time on his professional account. But there’s a lot more where that came from: Continue Reading

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John Bolaris, Upset about Not Getting NBC 10 Job, Ponders a Sex Change

Jim Adair - April 17, 2015

Hey, don't sell yourself short.

Hey, don’t sell yourself short

John Bolaris apparently applied for the NBC10 job that went to new Sheena the former Miss PA NJ, ostensibly. But I don’t think he lost out on the job to Miss NJ because he doesn’t have big breasteses and long, supple legs. I think he lost out on it for exactly stuff like this… and because she’s doing traffic, not weather.

Still, I could see it:

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RADIOWEATHERWARS: John Bolaris Really Wants You to Know he was Banned from WIP

Jim Adair - February 13, 2015

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You see, John Bolaris has been “banned” from calling into WIP to report the weather. He says he was told that people with CBS credentials only can call in to talk about the weather, which makes complete sense. But J-Bo isn’t having it. And in case you missed the part the first time around about how he was banned from WIP and doesn’t have a CBS badge, he mentioned it four more times:

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Bolaris was likely trying to warn people about the extreme cold that is coming our way. As his Weather Savior points out, it is supposedly the coldest air mass for Valentine’s weekend since 1888. There might be snow, there will be gusts, and there is a possibility of power outages. Basically, you want to stay inside. But that’s tomorrow night (into Monday). What’s happening right now?

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Oh that’s some hot air. But not you Andy. You’re cool. And now, here’s two hours of the Game of Thrones theme looped. Did I do that right, Kyle?

RADIOWEATHERWARS: John Bolaris Goes OFF on Angelo Cataldi for Not Putting Him On-Air

Jim Adair - January 27, 2015

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Weatherman kills the radio star.

John Bolaris, as Kyle said this morning, actually offered up one of the more reasonable forecasts. Last night, he trimmed his prediction down to the now-accurate 1-3 inches, and mentioned all along that he didn’t have much confidence in the storm. Still, he predicted EXTREME BOMBOGENESIS CYCLONIC ACTIVITY or something and was wrong. As he said in his column today, “The last of the snow will be ending by noon, with just some leftover flurries — and some egg on the face of us meteorologists.”

So J-Bo took to 97.5 last night to talk about the storm and his downgrade. Angelo Cataldi of course didn’t listen, and this morning he mentioned Bolaris as he screamed for heads and dropped a “Storm of the Century” zinger. Bolaris attempted to call in to “respond and admit it was a bad forecast,” but Cataldi’s producer, presumably Joe Wechter, told Bolaris that Angelo didn’t want him on the air because of something negative he tweeted two and a half years ago. Though considering Philly still hasn’t forgiven Bolaris for the Storm of the Century thing, two-and-a-half years for a Tweet doesn’t seem too unreasonable. Either way, Bolaris is having one hell of a week.

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We’ll be sure to tune in………

WEATHER WARS: High Pressure Harry Hits Back after Being “Fired” by John Bolaris

Jim Adair - January 22, 2015

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John Bolaris did not take it in stride when — from his point of view — poor weather forecasting led directly to the death of three people. He initially took the blame himself, but has since come around to “it was someone else’s fault.” He saw it as an unforgivable lapse in weather judgement, and fired “an employee” at Weather Savior over it. Kyle figured he probably knew who it was, and mandated that I Tweet Bolaris to find the truth (Journalism, yo):

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It was High Pressure Harry, who has now broken his deafening silence in an email sent to Victor Fiorillo at Philly Mag. Here’s how HPH tells his side of the story:

Yesterday you wrote an article about Bolaris and the “firing” of an employee. How can you fire an someone that you do not compensate? I was not paid by Bolaris for over 6 months and every agreement of compensation that HE offered, HE could not live up to. I never asked for money … he offered.

“I first learned of the “firing” when I read your article and then he followed with text messages to me … Announcing it to the public was not necessary. The only reason for the public flogging … he did it to save face following an unfortunate forecast bust. He called me lazy for not getting up but he was the one who was on morning duty. He admitted to me by text saying, “I was up at 4:30 a.m. then went back to bed” only to realize he set his alarm for 5:30 p.m. I also believe that an article like this creates a good buzz for his website whether it’s good or bad.

I did not lose a job. John lost his only true friend and ally.”

There isn’t a person among us who hasn’t accidentally set their alarm for P.M. when they meant to set it for A.M. [Editor’s note: Feel like I’ve heard this excuse before.] But typically when someone does, they don’t accuse one of their subordinates of indirectly causing the deaths of three people. We usually just show up late to work. But Bolaris… well, he goes scorched Earth, motherfucker. Also in an email to Fiorillo:

“As I stated on social media sites, in the end I take the blame for the faulty early morning weather blast without any warning of ice.”

I sent warnings out by 7:30 a.m. but by that time it was too late. Harry violated my strict weather code … you NEVER pre-record, schedule a forecast on a day of uncertainty or possible severe weather. It was best for the company, but obviously not for our friendship.”

Harry violated my strict weather code. That is a sentence for the ages, people. We honest to God want to see the other bullet points in this code.

But, to be fair, J-Bo does kind of have a point… you can’t be a Weather Savior if your boss blames you for killing three people. It just doesn’t fit the brand.

Kyle’s got the Game of Thrones theme rounding off all of his RADIO WARS posts, so I figured this needed something similar.

John Bolaris Fired an Employee over This Weekend’s Deadly Ice Storm

Jim Adair - January 20, 2015

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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

John Bolaris Is Taking Icy Road Deaths Particularly Hard

Kyle Scott - January 18, 2015

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I took the dog outside before and almost ate it on my patio next to the grill BECAUSE NO ONE SAID ANYTHING ABOUT ICE TODAY(!!!). I was luckier than the three [UPDATE: four] people who lost their lives in accidents this morning including a 56-car pileup on 76 and another accident on the Blue Route, again BECAUSE NO ONE SAID ANYTHING ABOUT ICE! And that includes John Bolaris, who’s taking the deaths particularly hard– blaming himself and all other local meteorologists for failing to adequately warn the public:

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Don’t sweat it, John. I’d place more blame on your former employer for missing on stuff like this. Guess someone over there must’ve dropped their First Alert Weather baton?*

*I firmly believe that the only reason they turned that on-screen bug into a real-world object was so they could film Sheena Parveen and Jillian Mele walking around in tight dresses. Not complaining, just saying.