Being blamed for another meteorologist's lousy forecast. TV news directors insisting that 1 inch of snow - in Minnesota - is "breaking news". Dealing with "I wish I could be wrong half the time and still get paid!"
Maybe it's the advanced technology which fosters the impression that we should be dead-on accurate 100 percent of the time. Some people have unrealistic expectations. We are predicting the FUTURE, and we have a better track record than stock brokers, economists, CIA analysts... and palm readers.
A favorite meteorology professor was convinced that predicting snow down to the inch was a fool's game. He's the one who came up with the nuisance-plowable-crippling scale, which I used at KARE-11, starting in the early 80s. I think it's still the most honest way to set expectations when it comes to snow.
The same storm capable of 4 to 8 inches for Chicago may brush MSP with a couple inches of powder Sunday morning (potentially plowable south - just a nuisance snow northern suburbs).
Each model run gets milder for next week - the ECMWF is now hinting we may stay above zero, with 40s wafting into town next weekend.
My outlook may be prescient - or just plain reckless: the worst of winter is probably behind us now.
TODAY: Sunny start, clouds increase Winds: N 10. High: 29
SATURDAY NIGHT: Clouds lower and thicken, light snow late. Low: 12
SUNDAY: 1-2" snow possible at MSP during the morning? More far southern MN. High: 15
MONDAY: Partly sunny and brisk. Wake-up: 7. High: 16
TUESDAY: Light snow or flurries. Wake-up: 10. High: 24
WEDNESDAY: Sunny, arctic breeze kicks in. Wake-up: 9. High: 12
THURSDAY: Numb, but at least the sun's out. Wake-up: 3. High: 14
FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy, quick rebound. Wake-up: 9. High: 29
* ECMWF (European) guidance is hinting at 30s, possibly 40s next weekend.
Most Americans Support Government Action on Climate Change, Poll Finds. Here's an excerpt of a New York Times article and poll result that made me do a double-take: "...Among Republicans, 48 percent said they are more likely to vote for a candidate who supports fighting climate change, a result that Jon A. Krosnick, a professor of political science at Stanford University and an author of the survey, called "the most powerful finding" in the poll. Many Republican candidates either question the science of climate change or do not publicly address the issue..."
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