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Saga Take: Winter Weather

JENNIE SHERWOOD

Snow Day Stress at ELHS

   As winter rapidly approaches, students and teachers are anxiously waiting for upcoming snow days, with four already arriving.

     “I think snow days are good at some times, but I don’t want to have multiple ones on just a Day 1 or Day 2,” said junior Erin Munch. “I have both of my AP classes on the same day, so missing that day could be really stressful.”

     The recent change of having a fixed schedule last year makes all days set for the whole year despite school cancelations.

     “It’s easier to keep organized if days are set in stone, but it’s frustrating to be behind in a class if that day is missed,” said sophomore Sophia Gannoe.

     For teachers, snow days impact lessons,  disrupting plans for class.

     “Snow days are really bad because we lose instructional time,” said chemistry teacher Lori Singer. “If we have power it helps to send students notes, especially for AP [classes], but it’s not the same as them actually being in class.”

     Cutting into summer, more than three snow days can be disappointing.

     “I like having a few snow day surprises to relax during the holiday months, but I never look forward to a rough winter coming up,” said  Gannoe.

     Snow days may bring more stress than relaxation for most at ELHS.

Opinion: Busting Weather Myths

    With the chilly season nearly upon us, some employ the famous winter weather myths to predict what Mother Nature has in store.

Woolly Bear Caterpillar:

     According to folklore, the more black on the woolly bear caterpillar (seen above) during the autumn months means a harsher, longer, and colder winter. The bigger the brown band is, the milder the upcoming winter will be. Despite the popularity, the truth is that this bug has no connection to predicting the winter whatsoever. The woolly bear caterpillar’s coloring is actually determined by its feeding, age, and species, according to the National Weather Service.

Acorns and Nuts:

     Fallen acorns could predict a snowy winter. Linked to the activity of squirrels before the winter months, high amounts of nuts and acorns found on the ground are believed to indicate a crazy-cold season. This myth is actually more trustworthy than others, as a squirrel’s task during the fall is to prepare for winter. If a lot of nuts are seen surrounding oak trees, this can possibly be more of a snow sign compared to other weather myths, according to the Washington Post.

Groundhogs:

     Groundhogs can forecast the length of winter in early February on Groundhog Day. Punxsutawney Phil (seen below) comes out of his burrow to see his shadow and predicts another six weeks of winter, or does not. Though a holiday is made out of this myth, the groundhog’s prediction has a success rate of only about 40 percent, according to the National Climate Data Center. Shadow or no shadow, the winter season could have some unexpected flurries to  come.


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