Get Personalized Snowfall Predictions On Twitter

If you live somewhere where it snows, you may find this interesting: The next time snow is forecasted for your area, you can get a personalized snowfall prediction just by sending a tweet.

You have to do something in return for this personalized info though – nothing worthwhile is free.

7 Action News in Detroit (sporting the eye-catching Web address) is offering up its First Alert Meteorologist, Chris Edwards, as your personal weather man.

Follow Chris Edwards on Twitter (he’s @edwardswxwxyz ) and tweet your location (just your city is fine) along with the #7FirstAlert hashtag. Be sure to include that so we see your tweet. [And he’ll reply telling you how much snow to expect!]

But, as we mentioned, this is a give and take offer:

– Before the snowfall, you get a personal forecast.
– After the snowfall, we get your accurate measurement that we can share online and on-air.

So during the snowfall – and after it ends – they ask that you tweet the actual snowfall, using the #7FirstAlert hashtag. Easy peasy, right? Not really. Measuring snowfall can be tricky business, so they share these directions from the National Weather Service :

“Find a location where the snow appears to be near its average depth. Avoid drifts or valleys. Look for a flat, somewhat open area away from buildings and trees. Some trees in the distance may be helpful in making a wind break, preventing drifting, and thus providing for a more even distribution of the snow. Measure the depth with the snow measuring stick (aka “the common household ruler”) at several locations and use an average. Traditionally ten measurements are made and the average value is the snow depth. When snow has fallen between observation times and has been melting, measure its greatest depth on the ground while it is snowing, or estimate the greatest depth. During heavy snowfall some of the actual total may be lost due to compaction of the column by the weight of the snow, during these times it may be best to estimate a slightly higher value if snow has been falling at a heavy rate for several hours since the last actual measurement. If all snow melted as it fell, you can estimate a total if you think more than a half of inch fell before melting, or report a trace for the snowfall.”


Will you be participating in this snowfall fun time?

(Snowfall image from Shutterstock)

@MaryCLong Mary C. Long is Chief Ghost at Digital Media Ghost. She writes about everything online and is published widely, with a focus on privacy concerns, specifically social sabotage.