RECORD EVENT REPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHANHASSEN MN 1250 PM CST SAT DEC 24 2010 ...RECORD DECEMBER MONTHLY SNOWFALL RECORD SET AT MINNEAPOLIS /ST PAUL MINNESOTA...FRIDAY'S 2.3 INCHES OF SNOW,(SINCE MIDNIGHT), HAS CREATED A NEW RECORD DECEMBER SNOWFALL OF 33.4 INCHES. THIS HAS BARELY RETIRED THE OLD RECORD OF 33.2 INCHES SET ON THIS DATE IN 1969.
Storm Surge Pounds Newfoundland Community. According to Canada's CBS, at least 15 homes were swept off their foundations by a freak storm surge that swept into this community on the northern tip of Newfoundland. Details here.
"Most so-called TV meteorologists “don’t know what they’re talking about,” says Ian Rutherford, executive director of the Ottawa-based Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, the national organization dedicated to advancing atmospheric and oceanic sciences, and related environmental disciplines in Canada. The society also endorses TV weathercasters with the proper credentials — “at the very least, professional training and competence in TV or radio broadcasting, and sufficient knowledge of meteorology to communicate weather and climate information in a scientifically correct manner,” Rutherford says — and lists them on its website. By its standards, very few TV weathercasters have the credentials — a bachelor of science degree in meteorology with specialty courses in synoptic meteorology and forecasting — to call themselves meteorologists."
* I believe the situation is marginally better here in the states: an estimated 3 or 4 out of 10 people presenting the weather have a 4-year degree in meteorology from an accredited college. Here in Minnesota St. Cloud State University is the only school that offers a 4 year meteorology degree. The degree is helpful, no question, but the CBM (certified broadcast meteorologist) seal is another signal that the forecaster in question has a clue what they're talking about. My personal (biased) opinion, for what it's worth: anyone can stand in front of a "green-screen" on a sunny day, flap their arms, and impersonate a meteorologist. But on the big storm situations (major tornado outbreaks, floods, winter storms, etc) it's a bit easier to tell who knows their stuff. Here in the Twin Cities we are blessed with an all-meteorologist cast of characters at all 4 stations. There's just too much "weather" to have anyone BUT a professional meteorologist presenting the weather. Phoenix, L.A., even Miami? You can fake it much of the year. Not so here at MSP, where weather often is the news.