1. This is Chris Holcomb, the dad of 18-year-old Claire. Holcomb is the chief meteorologist at WXIA-TV in Atlanta, so he ~knows weather~.
He also knows about college, and the cost of higher education.
Claire is finishing her senior year of high school, so prospective colleges have been “a big topic in our household while she is narrowing her choices,” Holcomb told BuzzFeed News.
2. Last week, Holcomb reported with confidence that there was a high chance of snow showers in his area. He stepped off set and received a text from his daughter. She didn’t trust his newscast because an app said snow was not in the forecast.
Holcomb said he felt “really good” about his forecast predictions on air, as he used different data and maps that indicated snow.
“I showed the computer models with the scenarios, and narrowed down my own ‘hand drawn’ map of accumulation totals,” he said. “I was specific about when it would move in, when it would move out and how much snow each area would get.”
3. Holcomb could not believe his daughter would challenge him with an app. “I just rolled my eyes and replied with ‘thanks,’” he said. But then, like a meteorologist/dad scorned, some pettiness took over and he added, “Maybe your weather app will pay for your college.”
Holcomb said his family and social media followers enjoy his banter, so he shared the texts online.
“They often respond more to those type of posts than my posts about actual weather events,” he said.
4. His single tweet went unexpectedly viral. With more than 50,000 retweets so far, Holcomb said his phone would not stop dinging and people were “sharing it at a rate I have never seen before.”
5. People were floored by how ruthless a meteorologist dad could be.
8. And they were impressed that a dad took a win against his own teen daughter.
10. But what really knocked people out was that other weather reporters at local stations really came together to support Holcomb.
12. It seemed like they’ve been in similar predicaments before and could relate.
16. “I need to remember that response,” responded Chris Smith, the chief meteorologist of WAAY-TV in Huntsville, Alabama.
18. Holcomb said he’s not really sure why people love his text to his daughter this much. “The fact that the chief meteorologist at the NBC affiliate at a top 10 market has a daughter consulting her iPhone app for weather information is pretty ironic,” he joked.
20. For the record, Holcomb wanted to let BuzzFeed News (and Claire) know that “it did snow” and “with some ice too.”
However, Holcomb will admit that he wasn’t able to accurately predict the amount of snow. “It didn’t snow as much as her dad said it would,” he said.
But we’re happy to report Claire will still most likely have some help from her dad for college tuition.
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