Thursday, June 13, 2019

While on the Subject of Meteorological Accuracy

I want to salute meteorologist Joe Crain who was fired for standing up for scientific ethics and meteorological accuracy by refusing to "hype" storms as ordered by corporate executives. The backstory is here.

In the late 1970's, during a drought, I was ordered to change a long-range forecast from continued dryness to rainy weather. I refused; fortunately, I was not fired. I know of other cases where meteorologists, at risk to their careers, have refused to hype storms for ethical and scientific reasons.

Continuing my analogy to Wall Street (below), where were the public denunciations or resignations when firms were hyping 'junk' mortgage instruments which caused the 2008 crash?

I'm very proud to be part of this profession.

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