Weather, or not
POSTED: Friday, February 21, 2014 - 4:25pm
UPDATED: Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 1:00pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — It sure has been cold this winter.
BusinessWeek reports last fall the Climate Prediction Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted that temperatures would be above normal from November through January across much of the lower 48 states.
You know, Scott Chesner called me over last fall and showed me the jet stream forecast. It was dipping down across the southern United States. He said I think this is going to happen. Scott said if this does, we are in for a cold winter and we'll see some wintry precipitation.
Well, so far Scott has been right on the money and the "government's army," and I mean "army of weather guessers" have not had a great season.
"Not one of our better forecasts," admits Mike Halpert, the Climate Prediction Center's acting director.
So far, Scott is winning. But, the weather business is a humbling business. Success one week can means embarrassment the next.
What Scott tells me is a bit troubling and that is the weather service is still not back off their forecast of a warmer winter. I do dearly hope the weather service is not being politicized.
That's my point of view, what's yours?
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