Saturday, November 13, 2021

"Storm"

Our forecast for the morning....


"Storm total"? Is an inch or two of snow a "storm" at all?

If you live in Alabama, maybe 1-3 inches of snow is a "storm" but in northeast Indiana? That still counts as barely a dusting. 

It is in line with every slightly severe weather event being given a name and tracked with ominous music. It rains, it snows, it gets windy. Not every incident of inclement weather needs to be treated like a global catastrophe. 

I better hit the rack, with 1-3 inches of snow coming we might be trapped at home for a week or two.

15 comments:

  1. Damn,Art !!! Hope you guys don't freeze to death tonight !
    And for the record, the low in Dogballs, Alabama tonight is 31 with a light freeze in the forecast.

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    1. The snow just started. this might be my last post after it kills all life in Indiana.

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  2. Same nonsense here in Oklahoma City. I received two "freeze warnings" in less than one week. It never got below 35. Before that there was a "severe thunderstorm warning" in the early afternoon. I looked outside and there was not a cloud in the sky. I went for a long bike ride: not a drop of rain. These weather guys love doing such things.

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    1. I need a job where I can do my one basic task incorrectly 100% of the time and still be employed.

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  3. Down here in South Central Ohio along the Ohio River, just about the same forecast as you folks up there in the northeast parts of the Hoosier State. Guess what? Same attitude, too. As I drive along eastbound US 52 this morning, the farmers will be out in the fields driving their tractors or combines. A few miles north, the loggers will be cutting down trees & hauling 'em way. Same thing happening across the river in the Bluegrass State. The barges are still going up & down the Ohio. Heard several CSX trains this morning hauling coal from Eastern KY & chemicals from WVA on the line that runs parallel to KY Route 8. Also, some guys up already hunting wild turkey or other delicacies so there'll be food on the table this coming week. Being Sunday, many will be attending the traditional Church services & kinfolk get-togethers. No need to worry, everybody down here is prepared for winter & the possibility of floods in the spring. Just the way it's always been.

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    1. Yep. Down here in Oklahoma too. The weather folks always try to scare us with "tornado warnings" and such. As if we have never had tornados before. We have dealt with them since...well, forever. We can handle them.

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  4. Pingback to an earlier comment on this topic...

    Fun fact, which I just now pulled out of my arse - half of all weather "experts" in America hold degrees in sociology, for it seems that the utter inability to make a remotely accurate prediction in the one field transfers over seamlessly into the other.

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    1. I assume most of the TV weather people are just repeating back what others have figured out

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  5. Basically they take their pick of the various computer models for the most part. If I feel like going to the effort, I go to the NOAA Weather Prediction Center website an look at the models myself, then use my experience and common sense to try to figure out which model is the least wrong. Also look at the weather satellite images that are essentially real time these days. It's a far cry from back in the 70s when you got a WEFAX still satellite image every 6 hours on a machine that only a very few people had. I worked in television, so I had access to the images that the meteorologist used. Those old meteorologists had to earn their pay, not parrot the computers.

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    1. I assume most of the talking heads are just repeating what they are told but the real meteorologists are doing actual work in the background.

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    2. Try this site as well. Easy to see the wind flows and pressure centers...
      https://www.ventusky.com/?p=34.5;-87.0;5&l=temperature

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    3. I've been in TV broadcasting for over forty years, and I fondly remember when the TV talking heads were only allowed the read the NOAA forecasts for today, tonight, and tomorrow, and not attempt to forecast the weather themselves. Like doing a seven-day forecast when they can't even get tonight right. We need to go back to that and stop sensationalizing the weather.

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  6. 1" to 3"? Do they even get the plows out for that?

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