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Patch Readers Give Somerville a 'B' in Snow Response

We asked Somerville residents to grade the city's response to the weekend blizzard. The average grade was B.

On Wednesday we asked Somerville Patch readers to grade Somerville's snow response in the wake of an historic blizzard that dumped around 28 inches of snow on Somerville.

The final grade: B.

Clearly this isn't a scientific result.

A number of people had great comments about the city's response to the storm—it's plowing, snow clearing, parking ban and school closures. In the end, 12 people, as of Wednesday evening, gave a concrete grade (A, B-, C+, etc.)

I averaged the grades, and the result was 83.75 out of 100, which rounded up is 84, a B. (I describe the numberic grade range below).

Interesingly, the breakdown of grades had most people giving the city something in the A range. Five people gave the city a grade in the A range, three gave it something in the B range, three gave it something in the C range, and one gave it something in the D range.

Again, this was as of Wednesday evening.

So, how did I break down the grades?

I consider:

  • B- to be a score of 80 to 83
  • B to be 84 to 86
  • B+ to be 87 to 89

The same ranges hold true for As, which represent scores in the 90s, Cs (scores in the 70s), and Ds (scores in the 60s.)

I valued an A as 95, an A- as 92, a B+ as 88, a B as 85, a B- as 82, a C+ as 78, etc.

Check out what people said about Somerville's snow removal here.

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