Sunday, January 11, 2009

I Wanna Be a Weatherman

I do not mean to take anything away from a 'sanitary engineer' but I grew up knowing them as garbage men. There is nothing wrong with the term as far as I am concerned unless you say it childishly and with malice aforethought. Of course then you would sound like a fool and lose any argument this side of puberty.

But when someone appears on television with the title of meteorologist we are supposed to believe that this person is an intelligent professional. A meteorologist is to be respected and listened to. We rely on our favorite meteorologist to forecast the weather accurately.

So how come they never do?

In fact they get it wrong so many more times than they come close to getting it right that one wonders why they still have jobs.

For the last few days we on Long Island have been bombarded by meteorological forecasts of an impending snowstorm that was to dump at least 4 to 6 inches of the white stuff on our heads. Some of these quasi-professionals even called for as much as a foot of snow.

These bogus reports sent me and many others out to buy new fuel for our snow blowers. I am sure many people actually stocked up on milk and other essentials although that was probably a bit much.

Fortunately I remembered how often these morons are wrong before I put the new gasoline into my snow blower. (Once the gas is in the clock starts on its life and even if you do not need to use it you must run the blower to use up the fuel.)

I realize that predicting the weather is hard but should it be impossible? And it is not like this is the first time a forecast has been so wrong. There is a "story you can find on the web about a Detroit weatherman (I believe) being asked by a female anchor a day after he predicted a snow storm that did not materialize,

"So Bob, where's that eight inches you promised me last night?" Not only did he have to leave the set, but half the crew did too, because they were laughing so hard.

Well I have to leave now and put salt down on my driveway because the 7" of snow turned out to be 1" of ice.

And millions of other people are out of work in America?!?

3 comments:

train buddy said...

Unfortunately, I had the pleasure of shopping on Saturday morning for my parents with about 100 other people who seemed to be stocking up for a year's hibernation. Even if we did get the 7 inches of snow they inaccurately forcasted, did they think they would never see the outside world again? You would have thought these people were in some kind of contest -- how much groceries can you put in your cart in less than 1/2 an hour. It was absolutely ridiculous. And for people like myself who were just doing their normal weekend shopping it was not only irritating but took a toll on my poor feet waiting on line for about 10 - 15 minutes to checkout.

mug guy said...

Mama don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys - MAKE THEM WEATHERMEN!!! THEY WILL HAVE JOBS FOREVER.

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