Thursday, March 7, 2013

Blame the Weatherman

Yesterday was a bust.

We were supposed to get a minor version of the infamous "snowmageddon" that has plagued the Northeast for a few years now. What we got was about an inch of wet snow followed by drizzle and a total accumulation of about two inches, at best. Areas around us may have gotten a little more or less, but it wasn't anything to write home about (or blog about).

This reaction [no link because The Baltimore Sun has adopted a business model akin to shooting itself in the foot by giving you previews and then cutting you off when it comes time to assert their right to be paid for being a major newspaper online] is ridiculous:
The longer snowflakes were kept at bay, the faster the wisecracks started coming in on Twitter and Facebook.
"I remember when I was a kid in the 70's and they predicted storms accurately 7 days in advance," Havre de Grace resident Jason Falkenstine tweeted.
"It would be nice to have an apology from meteorologist for being totally wrong," Baltimore resident Jason Sellers wrote.
Meteorologists offered a mea culpa for predictions of Baltimore's biggest snowfall in two years. But, they said, it was the best they could do given the forecasting technology and the unpredictability of Mother Nature, particularly in the mid-Atlantic region.
"All we can do as forecasters, is give you our best opinion on what is the highest probability outcome. The rest is up to Mother Nature," WBAL-TV meteorologist Tony Pann wrote on Facebook. "No forecaster will purposely give out bad information."
The weatherman is usually wrong; this has been a fact for many, many years. My thinking is that these "tweeters" were just being trolls on purpose. But, then again, there are people who simply cannot accept the idea that the information they are being given is suspect. If you were to base your life on a weatherman's guess, you'd be basing your life on something closer to astrology or bullshit.

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