Cptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12 Posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1062 times:
Well, today is low 30s F and a bit more new snow already on the ground as opposed to the predicted mid-40s and chance of rain which would have been conducive to some chores I had planned. I figure "nothing's changed" when it comes to local (Detroit-area) weather predictions...that is, it's best to go to other sources if it's important to me. During my two-month stay in middle Tennessee, the area (out of Nashville) predictions seemed to be about 90% accurate, helpful as I didn't have regular access to a computer.
The question is, are the seemingly unreliable forcasts in Detroit an anamoly, or do many of you folks have hit-and-miss local forcasters too? I know Great Lakes areas are subject to sometimes more fast weather changes than other locales, and I may be subconsciously remembering only the "bad" predictions, but I feel that our guys' reliability ratings are a bit on the low end of the chart. Regards...Jack
FoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 3027 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1035 times:
Lately it seems that the weather forecasters in NY don't know their heads from their a$$es. It's almost comical--when they make dire predictions of a winter storm, it will miss us entirely, and when they say just a few light flurries, we'll end up with a foot of snow. Better to just look out the window and take a guess!
ProSimTec From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 1025 times:
Yeah, it seems the Detroit weather guys are striking out this year (No Tiger comments please). They've called for a couple of monster storms this season and nothing developed. It disappoined the hell out of my kids, who we already making plans for a snow day. What's equally as bad is when the station sends out their "Storm Team" when there are only 2" of snow on the ground, like it's some big deal.
CanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3405 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 1012 times:
Our forecasts come from Kelowna, BC. The pinheads down there try to predict the weather 5 days from now. Half the time they cand get within 10 degrees of tomorow morning. They are clueless about our weather. I only use them to get the current conditions, the only part that they can get right.
IMisspiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6383 posts, RR: 32
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 1012 times:
I live just outside Tucson where we have 350 days of sunshine per year. Not a tough job to be a TV weatherperson here. I rely on looking out the window in the morning. If I see the mountain peak, it will be dry, if not it will be dry later on, and if the dog is inside, it will be rainy all day.
it's getting harder not to tell people they are really odd if they think an airplan can be sexy.
KROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 1005 times:
Weather Guessers are a bunch of damn liars, lol. I usually take the forecasts I see on T.V. of from the web, then if I need something accurate, I will go download some Upper Air Charts and give them a quick once over as well as a few other weather products and come up with my own forecast. I tend to be more accurate than the 80K a year pluss National Weather Service Guys. A little Air Force Training can take you a long way, to bad I can't parlay that into a solid weather gig, lol.