How to Get Ready for the Nemo Blizzard, the Internet Way

Esther Zuckerman

The Northeast could get hit with a lot of snow in the coming days, in the form of a potentially huge winter storm named Nemo. (Yes, Nemo.) Flights are being canceled. People are headed to grocery stores. Students in Boston are not going to school. And the Internet and cellphones are telling us to prepare as only the Internet and cellphones can these days. Some examples: 

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The Weather Channel's Warning

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Though preparation is important, the Weather Channel's declaration on its homepage quickly turned into Twitter jokes. 

The Phone Alert There was something slightly 1984-ish about the warning some people got via their phones: 

Slate explains these were sent via the Wireless Emergency Alert system that was implemented in April 2012. It didn't reach everyone, though: "the discrepancy is merely a matter of which phones have been outfitted by their carriers to display the alerts" 

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Get Your Cash Looking at Bank of America's actual tweet about hitting the cash machine before the storm, it doesn't seem that alarmist. (This is actually a good tip if things are going to be really bad.)

Looking at Drudge's interpretation of a story about said tweet though...

Fun with Numbers They're at least trying to make snow preparation enjoyable: 

Bonus: The Obligatory Finding Nemo Joke Bonus bonus: it's from the man who voiced the fish who was actually looking for Nemo. 

 

 

 

 

I can't be the only one disturbed by these weather warnings. twitpic.com/c1p2n9

— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) February 7, 2013

weather.com: GRAB A SHOVEL. OR A BROOM. OR A BUNNY. WHATEVER. WHO CARES WE'RE GONNA DIE. PREPARE. twitter.com/emmacargo/stat…

— Emma Carmichael (@emmacargo) February 7, 2013

"Prepare. Avoid travel. Check media." twitter.com/zseward/status…

— Zach Seward (@zseward) February 7, 2013

Winter Storm #Nemo may bring 2 feet of #snow to New England late Fri & Sat. Prepare now – make sure you have plenty of cash on hand.

— Bank of America (@BofA_Help) February 7, 2013

BANK OF AMERICA urges run on ATMs... drudge.tw/14W82fU

— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) February 7, 2013

Fun fact: There are 6,300 street miles in New York City to be plowed and salted -- that’s like going from NYC to LA and back. #Nemo

— NYC Mayor's Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) February 7, 2013

They have named this new Nor'easter Nemo. I am not looking for it.

— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) February 7, 2013