Monday, April 18, 2016

Another Ridiculous Criticism of Weather Forecasts

This appeared on Facebook this afternoon:
Note that the meteorologist has his eyes closed and the cartoon is captioned, "A True Story."

Really? It was a surprise the major rain and snow was headed to Colorado? It has gotten very tiresome seeing the constant unfounded criticism of weather forecasts!

Here is a screen capture from this blog on April 6 -- twelve days ago:

The day before the heavy Colorado snow began, here is AccuWeather's forecast of 24"+:

And, finally, with a genuine concern that there could be major flash flooding, Forecaster Evie made an appearance with a cautionary message:
With five drowned in Houston and TV reporters literally making water rescues, I'd say Evie's admonition was right on.
ABC 13 reporter moving to assist man swimming from rapidly sinking car.
The point of this is not to draw attention to myself. AccuWeather, the NWS, local TV and others all made excellent forecasts of these storms. Time to stop the inaccurate criticism of meteorologists and weather science.

1 comment:

  1. Mike, I usually defend you, but in this case I think you missed the point. The micro effects of the storm were kind of missed by NWS and AccuWeather. No models I know of had the rain/snow (more correctly, non-accumulating snow/snow) line accurately forecasted. So it rained most of the day in Ft. Collins (< 5000'), snowed but didn't accumulate in Denver (5280), and snowed and accumulated all day long where I live (5900'). Also there were breaks in the precipitation depending where you lived. So the picture is tongue-in-cheek, but also kind of accurate.

    I think UA made a huge mistake in cancelling all flights at KDEN. I don't know if they rely on NWS or AccuWeather, but there was no sensible reason for them to take that action for an April snowstorm at lower altitude.

    Have a sense of humor!

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