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?