Hey, it’s Rich Dale.  So the weather people in the Chicago area had a pretty big time making a big deal of the ice storm that was coming last Monday night into Tuesday.

Now some people did get ice.  But the widespread ice-ageddon that was supposed to make driving “nearly impossible” (that’s what the alert that came to my email actually said) didn’t really happen.

Don’t get me wrong –with something like this, it’s better to be over-prepared than under.  But it was slightly aggravating to people who cancelled events left and right only to find that it wouldn’t have been so bad after all.

Actually though, this is one time I didn’t feel like the weather people were overly excited.  For some reason, they actually seemed concerned.  Sometimes when there’s a big big snow happening, I get the feeling the weather people are enjoying it just a little too much.  I don’t really care that it’s super-exciting for them to tell us about it!  I care more about the shoveling and the ice dams in my gutters.  And they got enough excitement talking about the huge change in temp from Thursday to Friday.

Sorry weathercasters, I’d much rather have a boring forecast.  So sometimes, you need to curb your enthusiasm.