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.
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.”
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.