Meet Chris Holcomb. He’s a Chief Meteorologist at WXIA-TV in Atlanta and a father to an 18-year-old girl named Claire. With only a few more months of high school left, Claire and her family have been discussing prospective colleges and the astronomical price tag that comes along with them. With college tuition on the brain, Chris recently went viral after he posted a hilarious text conversation with his daughter about the topic to Twitter.
But before we get into it, let’s backtrack.
Last week, Holcomb reported that there was a high chance of show showers in the area. As soon as he stepped off the air, he received a text from his daughter, who didn’t trust his newscast because her weather app showed a conflicting report.
“The weather app says it’s not going to snow,” she texted. Naturally, Chris insisted the app was wrong.
“I showed the computer models with the scenarios, and narrowed down my own ‘hand drawn’ map of accumulation totals,” he told Buzzfeed News. “I was specific about when it would move in, when it would move out and how much snow each area would get.”
Appalled that his daughter would question his report, he came back with a cutting response: “Thank you. Maybe your weather app will pay for your college.”
Text from my daughter. pic.twitter.com/LuC72xf05D
— ChrisHolcomb11Alive (@ChrisHolcomb) January 6, 2017
Chris’s message has since gotten over 50,000 retweets and more than 155,000 favorites, but the best part is the response he got from fellow Tweeters, especially from fellow weathermen.
Best. Reply. Ever.
— 𝐖𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐟𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐝 (@wx_will) January 6, 2017
This tweet is hilarious! 😂 Love it.
— Andrea Butera (@AndreaButera) January 6, 2017
I believe you! You can pay for my college if you want! 😩🙌🏻🙏🏼
— Shelby Phillips (@shelbycphillips) January 6, 2017
@ColbysBarne these old folks getting social media and turning into damn savages out here
— interested in color-er (@serviceofgoods) January 6, 2017
— snack size pringle can dick (@theassholejared) January 6, 2017
AI have to smile and shake my head at the same time.
— Jim Cantore (@JimCantore) January 6, 2017
— Shel Winkley (@KBTXShel) January 6, 2017
For the record, it did snow, though Claire insists that it wasn’t as much as her dad said it would.