Friday, February 8, 2013

It's raining--it's snowing! Maybe--maybe not!

by Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett / L.L. Bartlett

 As I write this, the news media is once again threatening me (and the rest of the northeast) with a GIGANTIC winter storm.

And to that I say:  Pooh!  (Uh, not the bear.)

The US Weather Service (and especially our 4 local TV stations) love to make drama out of weather.  Usually the prediction is EXTREMELY dire, and then nothing much happens.  I hate that crawl along the bottom of the screen that seems to grow more and more dramatic until a certain hour and then completely disappears with not a cloud in the sky.

The worst is the "isolated" storm.  Our TV stations cover a pretty big area and those isolated storms might be 40-50 miles away, or in the next town, but the sky will be blue (or at night clear) right over my house. But still they will threaten us for hours on end.

BTW, for all their credentials, our local meteorologists have a very poor record of accuracy.  I swear, instead of checking charts and computer models they use the (un)tried and (un)true Weatherman Dart Board.

So is it any wonder I (and I suspect a majority of people) simply pay no attention to the weather reports?

Will we get 6+ inches of snow? I have no idea.  I don't have any plans to leave the house this weekend, so it's moot.  But still...I don't don't like winter and I don't like snow.  But, neither do I like the threat of mudslides, tornadoes, hurricanes, et al.  So, I guess I'll stay put ... and try not to pay attention when that crawl comes on my TV.

How about you?  Do you trust these threats of storms?


14 comments:

  1. I doubt we'll get anything major, but I stocked up at the grocery store to guarantee it!

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  2. I guess it's better to be ready for a storm that doesn't come than not be prepared for one that does.

    But there is still the "cry wolf" problem. Eventually people stop listening.

    Hope this one passes you by.

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  3. I agree, they always make it sound worse than it actually is. And even for such a small country as Holland, the weather is really different in most provinces (states). I am in the middle, in one of the big cities, and the snow is never very heavy here.

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  4. My house is full of books, yarn, CDs, and battery operated lights and radio/players. I have a gas stove and water heater and city water/sewer so I just check for milk (tea is a must whatever the weather) and settle in for the duration. If it snows, okay, if it doesn't, all the better. I admit I am rather skeptical about the forecasts, but our local is fairly accurate. Stay warm and safe...I don't think that this one is exaggerated.

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  5. Our day is supposed to start with rain and change over to snow, but only an inch or two total. However, just to our east is the mountains where they are calling for about three inches of snow, and their day will start out with freezing rain. Our weather people say there will be some freezing rain in some of our viewing area and everybody in my office automatically assumes that's us. It drives me crazy - especially since they haven't issued any Winter Weather Advisories in our area.

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  6. My Husband gets tickled at our local weather team. Everything is so dour. One of the meteorologist just gets so excited when there is significant weather or the thought of significant weather, that it is actually comical. I think the old farmers in our area can tell the weather better than the media can!

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  7. I dismissed the reports until Sandy. They were exactly right and we had no heat for a week. Since I have arthritis I am really praying we don't lose power.

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  8. Since I lived in Texas for nearly 40 years (on the coast) we NEVER dismissed weather alerts. I do not regret the times I left and a storm petered out because the one time I stayed through a hurricane was the most terrifying night of my life as I clung to my children. A house not even a block from ours had the entire side ripped off. So, most recently I watched Hurricane Ike destroy buildings and cars and tear up Galveston from the safety of a friend's house in Dallas. You don't hear about many people dying in Gulf Coast storms because we take it all very seriously. If it's a nothing, it's a nothing. My daughter is in NYC and my sister-in-law is in Boston. I worry.

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  9. I'd be prepared, just in case, but I'd also turn off the weather report and go about my daily chores...at home! Weather persons are one of another profession that get a good 6 figure income and seldom seem to report the weather correctly. If the rest of the working world had that record, we wouldn't be employed!

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  10. If I am standing outside, and water is falling on my head it must be raining. If I am standing outside and I can't feel my toes, it must be cold. Today I am a weather person!

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  11. I am bunkered down with plenty of water, books and candles. We heat with wood and have a gas stove but our water is from a well so no power equals no water. So far 2 inches with up to 24 inches predicted. My feeling is I always prepare and if I don't need it okay, if I needed it I was ready.

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  12. I live in upstate NY and we already have about 10 inches of snow and more is expected overnight. A 50 minute commute home from the day job which normally only takes 15 minutes tells me that the meteorologists were right for my area.

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  13. I just woke up, and it is snowing! I was supposed to go grocery shopping, and then pick up my stepdaughter. But now I will make my boyfriend do the shopping when he wakes up (nightshift). And I will go and drive very carefully to pick up my stepdaughter in half an hour.

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  14. I agree that the coverage areas have gotten to large and the forecasts have become less accurate that they used to be.

    I agree with Annette, the best forecast is to look out the window.

    Maybe 30-40 years ago in the Baltimore, MD the news anchor was getting ready to go to a commercial and said that Norm(the weatherman)would be back the 6 month forecast. The anchor, then added Norm you have a hard time getting tomorrows weather right, how do you do 6 months. Norm replied, I have crystal balls. Yes, plural. Needless to say they went with a laugh and returned a couple minutes later still barely able to talk.

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