Sympathies and best wishes from me too.
I agree, it would help with any of these announcements (not just server outages) if the predicted date was set out in the thread title, rather than using just "tonight". Some times when I'm looking for an update on something, I'll actually go into the forums themselves. It is hard to tell the "todays" or "tonights" apart.
I guess if something is scheduled for midnight, it might be clearer too if you used 11:59 p.m. .
I know, it's the anally retentive lawyer/physics graduate in me - I just can't help it!