Weatherdorks

Radioactive Jam discussed them today, and I made a note that the people we entrust to tell us the outdoors conditions have a hard time with “thinking outside the box”; the “box” being the border of the county or city that their studio is located in.

Something that always happens is that it might be clear as a bell here but the traffic cameras (and the TV stations’ cameras on the, well, taller buildings in the area) will show that there is a bit of reduced visibility. The result? Weather people will be then advising everyone that they need to take it easy on the roads on the way into work today. The reverse is true; it might be foggy enough that you can’t see 10 feet in front of you, but the city will be clear, so there’s nothing to worry about at all.

We’re having another “major” snow event here – in other words, time for the TV stations to send someone out to a pile of salt and look at nothing happening. This means that the weatherdorks are all giving their best shot at telling us, the loyal viewers, how much snow will actually fall. The National Weather Service; essentially officially, says that the snowfall will be somewhere between 4 and 6 inches; one TV station says that it will be the same, but some locations near the lake will see greater amounts. Another station says that the same base amount will fall, but there is no caveat for the lake. Lastly, the third major station says that it will be one inch greater – solely because they use the totals at the lake for the forecast.

Ah well; it’s always fun listening to them complain when it’s 45° in the middle of May and in the 60s out here. Thanks, lake, for keeping the east cool in the summer; it helps the hot air that eminates from that area of the city. :p