Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Weatherpeople apologize for blown forecast.

Weatherpeople apologize for blown forcast. BY RACHELLE BLIDNER NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 9:26 AM
Weatherpersons speak with forked charts. They're going to get it RIGHT * NEXT * time ? Sure they are. - TGFP.
Newtown, Pa.
L.I. golf car lot.
7th Ave NYC
Brooklyn Bridge
Scuitate, Mass.
" Why Me ? " - Somerville, Mass.
Zuccoli Park Manhattan I thought the lights reflecting on the snow look cool. - TGFP.
Boston, Mass.
They can't win 'em all, but give them credit for being honest. Meteorologists across the Northeast were apologizing Tuesday morning after the so-called "Storm of the Century" proved to be less than historic. Blizzard warnings that called for up to 3 feet to fall in New York City led officials to close schools, cancel flights and institute statewide travel. But the snowstorm did not pummel parts of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania with the same punch that forecasters had predicted — though it was delivering as advertised in eastern Long Island and in New England. LIVE BLOG: Up-to-the-minute blizzard coverage and photos from the New York Daily News team Gary Szatkowski, the meteorologist in charge of the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J., started the wave of apologies just before 1 a.m. Tuesday. "My deepest apologies to many key decision makers and so many members of the general public," he wrote on Twitter
Gary Szatkowski @GarySzatkowski You made a lot of tough decisions expecting us to get it right, and we didn't. Once again, I'm sorry. 9:46 PM - 26 Jan 2015 A number of meteorologists followed suit. John Bolaris, the Philadelphia Inquirer's meteorologist, called the storm "a cakewalk" for the city, with only 1-3 inches expected Tuesday. "From a forecast standpoint, it's been a failure, or better yet, a bust," he wrote. "Whenever you're forecasting six inches or more of snow in the big city and it fails to happen, you disrupted livelihood and ticked off mom, dad, schools, businesses." Earlier, the National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for a 250-mile area, predicting high winds and between 24 and 36 inches of snow in some places. The service later downgraded the warnings for New York City and parts of New Jersey, where accumulations were much lighter than expected. Steven DiMartino @nynjpaweather Well, the forecast for PA and western NJ has pretty much crashed and burned. 12:29 AM - 27 Jan 2015 In New York City, only about 6 inches fell at Central Park by early Tuesday, far less than the record of 26.9 inches from 2006. In New Jersey, snowfall intensity "sharply curtailed" after the storm shifted east and out over the Atlantic Ocean, Szatkowski said. Whiteout conditions and 45 mph winds were still considered possible in Monmouth, Ocean, Middlesex, Passaic and Bergen counties. Kate Bilo CBS3 @katebilo Alright, this dunce is headed to bed. Lots more snow chances ahead as the cold gets locked in. We'll get the next one. 10:07 PM - 26 Jan 2015 By mid-morning on Tuesday, the storm was continuing to smack eastern Long Island, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The town of Islip, on Long Island, recorded 18.2 inches Tuesday morning. Roughly 24 inches fell in the eastern Long Island village of Mattituck. "I do not criticize forecasters," Gov. Cuomo said at a news conference on Tuesday morning, noting he instituted closures because he would rather be "safe than sorry." Many meteorologists echoed Cuomo's sentiments, saying it is better to be prepared. They said they hoped their botched forecasts would not hurt preparations for future major storms and natural disasters. OccuWeather @Occuweather You know what's the most dangerous Aspect of this whole thing imo? If we get another storm threat of a Dangerous magnitude sometime 1/2 4:43 AM - 27 Jan 2015 OccuWeather @Occuweather soon and people don't take it seriously because of what happened with this storm. This could be a huge problem.... (2/2) 4:43 AM - 27 Jan 2015

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