They Didn't Ask Me (dr_phil_physics) wrote,
They Didn't Ask Me


For whatever reasons, we both got up at around 4:15 this morning. We had just settled down under an extra blanket, while the wind gusted outside and it was hard to see the driveway, when the phone rang.

We both figured that it was one of the university emergency messaging systems saying that school was closed -- but which one? We let the answering machine take it, and after the greeting played out, we heard, "... main campus is closed, Monday January 27th..."

Still didn't know which one -- the message was caught off and it didn't have a tag line at the end.


6:20, my first alarm went off and I came out and grabbed the Kindle. It's mine.

And now the record is:

Weather-related University closings since 1999

  • 1999, Jan. 4-5—Heavy snowfall delayed the start of spring semester.
  • 2000, Nov. 21-22—Thanksgiving recess began Tuesday because of snow.
  • 2006, Dec. 1—An ice storm downed trees and caused power outages.
  • 2007, Feb. 5—Extreme cold and snow closed many Michigan colleges.
  • 2008, Feb. 1—WMU closed due to snow.
  • 2009, Dec. 10—Blizzard conditions closed WMU.
  • 2013, Jan. 31—Snow and icy conditions closed WMU.
  • 2014, Jan. 6-7—Significant snowfall and expected severely cold temperatures prompted many Michigan colleges to close. The closure delayed the start of spring semester.
  • 2014, Jan. 27—WMU closed due to severe winter weather.

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