Forty years ago friends of my parents were close friends with the Fruit Frost forecaster for the NWS. He said storms in SoCal were impossible to forecast because we have an east-west trending mountain range. The mountains haven't moved and what he said is still true.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, newnethboy <kef413@...> wrote:
> No, not really OT, IMO.
> Thanks for the input.
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> This is an interesting thread and I think Kim and the rest put it well.
> Maybe we can lighten up a bit, but I think a lot of what we think and say
> stems from the attitude the television forecaster portray. They do
> indeed talk as if 1) It is their own weather. 2) What they are saying
> how it will end up. 3) There is rarely, if ever, comments reminding the
> viewing public that it's not an exact science and it is almost never brought
> up during a forecast that their words are solely predictions and may not
> pan out.
> So while we learn early on in school weather prediction is not an exact
> thing, watching years of TV forecasters influences our thinking to expect
> reports to be right. If 1, 2, and 3 were addressed, I think 99.9% of
> viewing public would not be bad-mouthing newscasters around the water
> fountain at work.
> Oh well.
> Way off topic at this point, sorry.
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