Tuesday, September 11, 2007

bad weather report

I was watching the local news tonight. They were airing some of the 9/11 memorial services going on in the area. I then heard one of the worst segues ever. The newscaster said something along these lines - "when you think of 9/11, you remember what a beautiful, sunny day it was...not so today". Then, they switched to the meteorologist who talked about what a rainy day it is. Was that really necessary to connect the memorial services to the weather? It didn't end there. Then, they discussed what the weather has been like each year on the anniversary of 9/11. Apparently, this was the first rainy 9/11 since the attacks. A tidbit that seemed callous and completely unnecessary to state on air.

Usually, I love watching the weather report. In fact, I consider myself to be an amateur meteorologist. I have predicted our school's snow days and hour delays with about 75% accuracy. The only reason I have made mistakes is because of a change in administration. Some superintendents hate snow more than others. Our new superintendent is from the Caribbean, so I am hoping for lots of snow days this year!

Meteorologists have great jobs. They get all excited when there is bad weather. They take off their jackets, and roll up their shirtsleeves. The best part is that meteorologists don't have to do their job well. In fact, we expect them to be wrong most of the time. All they have to say is, "there was a change in the jet stream", and we forgive them. Sometimes, they even admit they have no idea what the weather will be, and blame it on conflicting computer imagery. They tell us, "one computer model says we will get three feet of snow, the other computer shows three inches". Even when they know a storm will hit, they always give a wide range ~ 6-12 inches or 4-8 inches. Let me tell you, there is a big difference between 6 inches and 12 inches, especially when you are trying to drive your car up a very steep driveway. You either make it in the garage, or abandon your car at the bottom.

I don't know who's idea it was to have the meteorologist discuss 9/11 weather, but weather people should stick to the weather. At least then, when they get it wrong, its ok.

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