Weather “Forecasting”

How to know you’re a Kansas City meteorologist:

1. You frequently get the weather correct, but it’s the weather for some other city (or sometimes country)

2. You interupt the NCAA tournament to broadcast tornado warnings for cities outside of your television station’s broadcast area.

3. People expect you to be entirely incorrect at least 75% of the time, and you don’t get fired for it.

4. People expect you to be somewhat incorrect the other 25% of the time, and you still don’t get fired for it.

5. You broadcast 14 consecutive hours of storm coverage when the storm was only over the metro area for 2 hours.

6. By extended forecast, you mean “This weather could occur at some point in some city, but we’re definitely not sure when or where. We just like worrying people about nothing.

7. Alarmist coverage is how you get your ratings, and for some reason people still watch your station after you predict ice followed by 4-8 inches of snow, and then the city actually gets sun and 70 degrees.

8. You do forecasting by sitting in a room with no windows and using tea leaves.

9. People finally understand that the only way they’ll get accurate weather information is if they wake up a few minutes early and go outside.

  5 comments for “Weather “Forecasting”

  1. March 21, 2006 at 11:07 am

    I thikn that applies to more than just KC. Don’t get me started on that Asshole Greg Fischel from WRAL in Raleigh. I menacingly shake my fist at his forecasts!

  2. March 21, 2006 at 5:04 pm

    We have a joke around here… If you don’t like the weather, stay 5 minutes. We have weathermen/people, but never, EVER rely on them. They are there simply to let us know that someone is still paying attention to the goverment regulations involving weather prediction and warning. I fully believe all weathermen/people should be sat in a room made completely of glass and be forced to go outside every 15 minutes to tell exactly what is happening. Sometimes, technology and science just don’t pay. =)

  3. March 21, 2006 at 7:27 pm

    Shall we assume that Incredipete is somewhat disappointed with the local weather forcasting? I’ve heard that if you don’t like the weather in Kansas, stick around for 10 minutes and it will change. 🙂

  4. March 21, 2006 at 11:11 pm

    That is the only job you can have and be wrong 75% of the time and still keep it!

  5. Livieloo
    March 22, 2006 at 1:31 am

    Hahahahahahaha. I LOVE IT!

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