Being a weather man is not easy
It’s a big storm, but NYC gets short-changed
OK – we have some light snow in our area now – and will continue for the next several hours.
Then, according to meteorologists, we will experience a changeover to sleet, freezing rain and plain rain for much of Wednesday. Then, at the very tail-end of this complex storm, will have a brief stint of snow again.
I just want to “defend” the weather men and women out there for a moment. Many times, people (myself included) say that “they never get it right” or something similar. Forecasting the weather is not an easy thing to do. Much of what they base their predictions on are “computer models” that were developed by one batch of scientists or another. They use some sort of algorithm, historical data and input from the various weather beacons installed throughout the world.
It’s plainly obvious that calling the weather more than 24-48 hours out is still a tough nut to crack, even after all these years, and all the new technology. Because when it all looks “perfect,” mother nature throws yet another curve ball at these propeller-heads. A work in progress, so to say.
My wish would be – that these weather folk start a new trend – rather than hyping up the possibility of the “big daddy” of a storm – why not just calmly explain what the potential is (equally) on both sides of the spectrum? You know how media loves to pump up the “worst case scenario” for whatever reason (usually ratings), but I would sure appreciate if a weather person simply said:
“At the current time, the potential exists for a major storm, however, we have the same chance that it will be nothing. We won’t know for another few days, but keep it in the back of your mind that there’s a possibility.”
But after reading thousands of messages from wanna-be weather-freaks – and real meteos – I’ve concluded that a majority of the weather personnel that are out there these days – truly WANT the big storm. Because for those couple days, they are the top story – the ones that are most important. They feel useful.
Perhaps if they just told it like it is – they would be!!