Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Meteorologists Apologize for "Big Forecast Miss" in New Jersey and New York Areas


Schools closed in advance. State workers, city offices and many others were off. Roads closed. Events were cancelled. New York City had a curfew. Reporters slept in newsrooms .... all of this for the "biggest blizzard, ever!" 

Forecasts in New York City and in parts of New Jersey said we could see 24 to 36 inches of snow! 

So what does everyone do? Of course, plan ahead of time. Shoprite was crazy by me! Long lines of shoppers were stocking up, expecting for the worse. We remember Hurricane Sandy in 2012, so people also filled up their gas tanks and charged their electric home generators. to prepare for what was called a "crippling" storm. 

Well, turns out, the forecasters were wrong, so what else is new? 


Meteorologist Gary Szatkowski from the National Weather Service's office in Mt. Holly, New Jersey, actually apologized for the storm prediction.

He tweeted out to his nine-thousand something Twitter followers late Monday night, saying much of New Jersey and the Philadelphia Metropolitan area had a "big forecast miss."

"My deepest apologies to many key decision makers and so many members of the general public."

"You made a lot of tough decisions expecting us to get it right, and we didn't. Once again, I'm sorry."

"Thank you to the many folks who have been very gracious on social media this morning. Much appreciated."


Gary wasn't the only one to acknowledge the storm miss. Other popular weather people, like OccuWeather, tweeted as well:

"I think we learned with this storm that you cant base forecasts mainly off of what one model is showing and I believe that is what many forecasters including the NWS did."

Aw, it's okay, guys. The only person who really knows the weather is God. But, at least we were prepared for the worst case scenario and it's better to be safe than sorry. Right? And, most people got a day off!

Must be nice for weather forecasters to be able to do their job, get the weather wrong and still have a job without any consequences. Just saying.



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