Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Weather or Not

I know I can be a real grump, but this latest "storm of the century" nonsense is the last straw. Now, the ride in this morning was a bit icy, but nothing a cautious driver can't handle. At this hour (9:45 a.m.) there is no precipitation whatsoever. So, why all the cancellations? Why closings that were announced yesterday afternoon? Why do people get all riled up and believe the hype?
Now, a few of the local meterologists are friends of mine. I think they're terrific people, and there's one (@Mike Brookins) who I wish I could beat in a triathlon. I also know that meteorology is a science, albeit an inexact science and the capriciousness of wind can make all the difference in the world when it comes to what amount of snow will fall where.
But still. . . aren't all those high-tech gizmos and gadgets supposed to help devise more accurate forecasts? What is the point of triple-doppler radar if it only serves to put everyone on heightened alert and force the cancellation of school in the face of an inexact science?
Here's a novel idea, dear readers. By all means, listen to the forecast, tune in to some of the nation's finest meteorologists. But after you do, don't worry about it! Carry on with your day as planned! Don't buy into the hype! Just be sure your car is full of gas, you have an emergency kit in the trunk and your cell phone is charged.
Besides, what's a little snow to a Central New Yorker? Better yet, define "little."


  1. Well, all the hype saved this one very sick mommy a drive to school, so that's one good thing.

  2. I'm with you on this one! It's almost like CNY just wanted a piece of the drama!